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 Academic Writing Studio

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Planning Q1 of 2023-24 (July, August, Sept)

  • Do you want to make substantial progress on a writing project this summer?
  • Would you like to do that while also recharging after an intense teaching year?
  • Do you also want the transition into teaching at the end of the summer to be relatively smooth?
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Stress isn’t caused primarily by overwork, though that certainly doesn’t help. The main contributor to stress is lack of control.

In theory, the autonomy you have as an academic gives you control over how and when you do your work. In practice, the quantity of work, the culture of your department and institution, and the policy context make it difficult to assert that control.

Planning helps you regain some control over your workload and your time.

I offer a suite of planning classes to help you write throughout the year. It will be helpful if you are frustrated by a feast or famine approach to writing, and want to imagine what a more consistent writing practice might look like for you.

Planning Quarter 1 (July, August, September) helps you use the time available in the summer to do the writing work it’s hard to do when juggling other responsibilities AND create a foundation for writing through the year.

Planning Q1 (July, August, September)

Friday 16 June 2023 | 10 am Eastern/3 UK & Ireland/your time zone

Planning Your Academic Writing Year
(Recording & self-paced resources now available)

Planning October, November, December
22 September 2023
your time zone

Planning January, February, March
15 December 2023
your time zone

Planning April, May, June
22 March 2024
your time zone

£25 per class OR £100 for all 5

These classes are based on some key principles:

  • The time available for writing varies in quality and quantity, depending on where you are in the cycle of the year.
  • Your writing project requires different types of work to move forward.
  • You can’t do everything. You have to prioritise & set boundaries.

We start the Academic Writing Year on 1 July, and plan in quarters.

    The idea is to start and end your year with writing.

    Planning Quarter 1 (July, August, September) will help you:

    • Set reasonable writing goals for the summer.
    • Use the longer stretches of time available to set a foundation for writing through the year.
    • Rest and recharge after an intense teaching year.
    • Plan for the transition from summer into the new academic teaching year.

    It is part of a suite of classes that started with Planning Your Academic Writing Year on 2 June. The recording of that class is now available along with a range of self-paced resources to help you:

    • Set annual goals based on a reasonable estimate of the time available.
    • Plan to keep your projects moving throughout the year.
    • Anticipate challenges and plan for them.

    The longer the time horizon, the harder it is to predict what will happen and plan for it. You need flexibility to adjust your plans if opportunities arise, or circumstances change.

    Each quarterly class will help you:

    • Acknowledge your wins from the previous quarter.
    • Anticipate challenges in the next 3 months and plan for them.
    • Adjust your goals based on a reasonable estimate of the time available.
    • Revisit your progress towards working reasonable hours.

    “Planning for the coming term is such a simple concept but so overlooked in academia! Sitting down, once a quarter and thinking through the next three months, made me realize that I actually do have time in my schedule for writing. Connecting planning to goal-setting created the pathway to achieving those goals.” (Assistant Professor, Dance Studies, Teaching Stream (Tenure-track), Public research university)

    The purpose of a plan is to inspire action.

    Planning Quarter 1 (July, August, September) will provide a clearer sense of what might be reasonable in these months. You’ve been looking forward to this as a prime time to write. You want to feel good about what you accomplished at the end of the summer.

    I also want to help you keep writing through the year. Purchasing the whole suite of classes means you have an opportunity to make an annual plan, revisit it regularly, and then plan each quarter to optimize your writing plans based on what else is going on.

    Unfortunately, I can’t entirely eliminate your frustration. There are structural limits on your scope of control. The choices you have may not be the choices you want.

    But you can reduce your frustration, and optimise your control.

    Planning Q1 (July, August, September)

    Friday 16 June 2023 | 10 am Eastern/3 UK & Ireland/your time zone

    £25 per class OR £100 for all 5

    How it works

    The class is built around a 2-hour live session via Zoom.

    • A guided reflection to identify priorities & challenges
    • Coaching support to help you figure out the tricky bits

    There is also preparatory material including:

    • Prompts to help you review your progress towards your annual plan compassionately
    • Journaling prompts for observing your situation
    • Questions to help you gather information to inform your personal plan

    The live session focuses on writing time. It will be recorded and transcribed, then added to the class page in the week following the session so you can make more detailed notes, or revisit the class if things really go off the rails later.

    There are additional reflection prompts and downloadable worksheets to help you avoid overworking so you get enough rest:

    • Decide how to limit your average weekly working hours.
    • Make a plan for taking your annual leave.
    • Plan how much time you need to schedule for all your teaching related activities.

    If you purchase the full suite, you will have access to the annual class for the entire year and the current quarterly class. If you only purchase Planning Quarter 1, you will have access until the end of September.

    Not sure?

    Taking a class provides a structure to help you do reflection and planning. Being part of a group who are also starting their year now, and having some structure to guide you can really help you make big decisions.

    Annual planning can feel pointless. The longer the time horizon the more unknowns, and the more likely it is for things to go awry.

    Planning Your Academic Writing Year will provide a framework that will help you plan your semesters, your months, and your weeks as you go through the year.

    The quarterly classes will help you think about the shape of each part of the year, and adjust your plans in the light of new information. Realizing you were being overambitious with your plans is new information.

    No obligation!

    If you buy one class, you can upgrade to the bundle later at no extra cost.

    What are you waiting for? Join us!

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    Planning Q1 of 2023-24 (July, Aug, Sept)


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