Virtual Writing Café: An Online Space for Support, Community, and Accountability

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Supporting Academics with Research and Writing

Amidst the competing demands of teaching and service, academics are always under pressure to find time for their scholarship. During these uncertain times, with daily routines disrupted, the challenge of maintaining scholarship work is even more critical. Many academics are struggling with the competing priorities of remote learning, student and university needs, and their own isolation and break from writing and research routines—all while managing changes to their own daily lives.

We have found, in over 15 years of working with faculty writers - and as other scholars document (Boice 1997, Tulley 2020) - that the greatest productivity happens with this formula: 1) write every day, 2) with a designated, non-negotiable writing time, 3) with specific, doable (i.e. 3-5 sentences) writing tasks, where 4) each task is allocated to an hour-long “block.” Our Virtual Writing Café is designed to support exactly that formula.

Academic Impressions members now have access to our newly launched Virtual Writing Café.

As a member, you now have the opportunity to join us in the Virtual Writing Café, an online space that provides support, community, and accountability. This is your chance to get support in structuring your time and dedicating focused hours each day to your writing tasks that require self-motivation.

Writing groups and resources like this have been used for years to help faculty get in the right frame of mind for more productive research and writing. The Virtual Writing Café is especially helpful when faculty form a writing cohort with others who are at a similar stage in their careers. We can help you establish cohorts for early career, pre-tenure, post tenure/mid-career, and legacy stages of faculty careers.

 

As a member, you will also have full access to the following resources:

  • A centralized course page with a link to the Virtual Writing Café, instructional videos and resources, and a worksheet that helps you keep track of your goals and progress
  • Our online library of resources covers a range of topics related to online teaching and academic leadership

Contact Us to Sign Up for a Free Virtual Writing Café Trial Week

Who Would Benefit from the Virtual Writing Café?

Our Writing Café is open to all Academic Impressions members. Faculty members with research and writing responsibilities and other campus administrators who are undertaking focused writing and “deep work” tasks will benefit the most.

 

How Does It Work?

  • The Virtual Writing Café runs periodically. The next writing challenge takes place from July 27th to August 7. During the challenge, the Café will be open every weekday from 10:00 a.m. to Noon EST.
    • The Café is led by a moderator who opens the café 5 minutes before the hour.
    • The moderator leads a 5-minute focusing exercise with visualizations, sets a timer for 45 minutes of focused writing time, and encourages the group to take a short break before beginning the process again at the top of the next hour.
    • All participants are kept on “mute” and can chat privately with the moderator to get support and encouragement with their writing.
  • The Virtual Writing Café is hosted in a secure Adobe Connect room.
  • You will have the added comfort of knowing that you are anonymously part of a larger group of writers.

 

Enhance the Impact of the Virtual Writing Café with Faculty Coaching

The Academic Impressions faculty coaching package is an individualized program designed to support you as you establish yourself and excel as a scholar, take charge of your career, balance numerous competing demands, and provide accountability to help you achieve your goals.

Our faculty coaching program is suitable for and customizable to all experience levels. Whether you are tenure track, mid-career, or senior faculty, our coaches will work with you to identify your personalized needs and goals.

All of our coaches hold doctorates and have extensive experience in higher education. They can provide expert support with writing productivity, defining research plans, improving writing skills, and breaking down the overwhelming writing task into manageable pieces of work.

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Have Questions or Want to Sign Up for a Free Virtual Writing Café Trial Week? Contact our Director of Coaching, Moira Killoran.

Moira Killoran

Moira Killoran
Director of Coaching, Academic Impressions