You know that writing regularly is important. You need and want to write. But finding the time to do it, especially in a busy teaching term, is hard.
A Meeting With Your Writing supports your intention to write regularly. You schedule a 2 hour meeting every week for 12 weeks.
You join a conference call. I lead you through an exercise to get focused, select a project to write on, figure out how to get started and how to manage your focus and attention over the next 90 minutes. Then you hang up and write for 90 minutes. You join the conference call again at the end for a closing exercise.
How will that help?
- If someone asks if you are available, you can say “I’m in a meeting” or “I’m on a conference call”. (I’ll even provide a sign for your door.)
- You paid for this. When you are tempted not to keep your commitment, that can make a difference.
- Knowing others are writing at the same time helps. No one is sure exactly why, but several participants report that it does.
- Being part of a group reminds you that you are not alone in struggling with your writing or in needing support.
- We share our successes. Hearing that someone else has just sent that manuscript off to the publisher reminds you that it is possible. And when you do send the manuscript off, you have a group of people who will cheer.
What kind of people participate?
Participants in A Meeting With Your Writing include academics at all stages of career from graduate students writing dissertations to tenured full-professors approaching retirement. We have also had participants from other professions who find the group helpful for getting the writing they need to do done.
We do not discuss the content of our writing. The Meeting is a container in which to write.
When is this meeting?
Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern time.
(3 p.m. UK; 4 p.m. Europe; 11 a.m. Atlantic; 9 a.m. Central; 8 a.m. Mountain; 7 a.m. Pacific)
You register quarterly. The next session starts January 6, 2014. Registration will open in December.
If Monday won’t work this term, you can sign up for my advance notice list and I’ll let you know about future sessions.
How much does it cost?
The fee is $95 per quarter (12 weeks). This is enough to give you that extra nudge to keep your commitment but not so high that you feel like you can’t miss the odd Monday for exceptional circumstances. (The summer quarter is $75 in recognition of the fact that most people will miss more weeks.)
If you try it and decide that it’s not for you, you can request a full refund up to January 24th.
In addition to the subscription price, you will also need to pay long-distance charges. I use a service that provides a number in your local country. The Canadian number is a US area code. The UK number is a mobile. You may be able to do this from your office phone. You may want to investigate long distance plans. You can also buy minutes with Skype at a reasonable rate. You will not be on the phone for the full 2-hour meeting. Each meeting will have less than 40 minutes actually on the phone (in 2 parts).
Registration for A Meeting With Your writing is now closed. If you would like to be notified when it opens for the next quarter, please subscribe to the advance notice list.
Still not sure?
If this feels like it might be a good thing for you but you aren’t feeling the “Hell, yeah.” I’d love to help you get a clear answer (even if that’s a no). If you think it sounds like something you should like but don’t, you have my permission to close this tab in your browser.
If the problem is a gremlin who thinks you should be able to do this without paying for a service like this, I’ve written your gremlin a note.
If you don’t think you have anything important enough to write, keep in mind that I’ll help you pick something every week. You don’t need to have a deadline. Or a big project. Or even a very well articulated project.
There are lots of things you could write in this time:
- an article
- a book
- parts of your dissertation
- shitty first drafts (HT Ann Lamott)
- blog posts
- book reviews
- conference papers
- the things you really want to write instead of your dissertation
- policy documents for a committee
- love letters
- long complicated e-mail responses that actually require thought
- revisions to shitty first drafts (or almost finished pieces of work)
- to do lists of small tasks your current writing project needs to move to the next phase
- free-writes of half-formed ideas that might one day become …
- cover letters
- grant proposals
Does that help? Return to the payment form.
If it’s something else, just ask and I’ll see if I can clarify things.