Virtual Writing Café: Two-Week Faculty Writing Challenge



Two-Week Faculty Writing Challenge


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Complete 10 hours in 14 days to receive a 30-minute coaching session!

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: write 1) every day, 2) with a designated, non-negotiable writing time, 3) with specific, doable (i.e., 3-5 sentences) writing tasks, and 4) where each task is allocated to an hour-long “block.” Our Virtual Writing Café is designed to support exactly that formula.


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.

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.

Complete 10 hours in the Writing Café within the two-week period and you will receive a free 30-minute coaching session!

“I have enjoyed the Virtual Writing Cafe immensely. It has provided a space for me to advance my own writing goals and a structure through which to organize my writing and achieve greater productivity. I was able to see results very quickly and learned strategies that I have been able to incorporate throughout my academic work.”

-- Dr. Davina Banner-Lukaris, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, UNBC Adjunct Professor, Northern Medical Program, UNBC Visiting Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

How Does It Work?

FOCUS YOUR SKILLS: You will participate in an orientation call where you will learn about common writing challenges and make a plan to follow the “3 Rules for Successful Writing.” You will also learn about the importance of accountability in your writing practice and exactly what is expected once you get in the café on the first day.

The secure Adobe Connect room is open from October 5th to October 16th every weekday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern.

FOCUSED ENVIRONMENT: The Café is led by a moderator who facilitates a five-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 muted but can chat privately with the moderator for support and encouragement with your writing.

You will have the added comfort of knowing that you are anonymously part of a larger group of writers.

The room opens periodically through the year, and you will need to register for each new two-week session to get access.


Academic Impressions members have FREE access to our Virtual Writing Café.

As a member, you 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. Head to the course page every day to access the writing room at the designated times. We host the event through the course page each day for access to the room. The course page will also give you access to instructional videos, resources, and a worksheet that helps you keep track of your goals and progress. Academic Impressions members also have access to our online resources that cover a range of topics related to online teaching and academic leadership.


Existing Members: Need more users because everyone is now off-campus? Call our Membership Advisor at 720.988.1257 for a special promotion to add users.

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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Questions About the Writing Café?

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Moira Killoran, PhD.
Director of Coaching, Academic Impressions

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