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The academic life you want is rooted in the interest (and even excitement) you have for your field and topic. You firmly believe it is important. You have a contribution to make.
The academic life you want involves writing that moves your own thinking, and those of your peers, forward. It involves teaching that inspires a new generation. This connection to those ideas makes your work meaningful even when the actual task is tedious. You understand the importance of the collective work to keep the institution going and are willing to contribute to that.
You also want your life to be more than just your work. Things like family, friendships, activism, art, gardening, sport, etc fit into your vision of the life you want to be leading.
The Academic Writing Studio is built on the assumption that this kind of academic life is possible.
It isn’t easy. But it is possible. The work you do is hard enough. One goal of the Academic Writing Studio is to help you focus your energy on the work instead of on making it possible to do the work. When you enter this (virtual) space, you drop off your gremlins at the Gremlin Café and become part of a community of academics who are similarly committed to a meaningful academic life.
The studio is a community of peers. You are not in competition with each other. You want to see all members of the studio succeed, however they define success. None of us has the answers. We all have experiences and knowledge to share and we do so kindly, knowing that others may use the information we offer differently than we would. Members are at all stages of career from transitioning into the profession as PhD dissertation writers to transitioning out of the profession in retirement.
A Meeting With Your Writing is at the heart of the Studio
A Meeting With Your Writing is a guided practice, a container to do your own writing. You call into a conference line. I lead a short opening exercise. You hang up and write for a full 90 minutes. You call back in and I lead a short closing exercise. It doesn’t matter what language you write in.
During the academic year, the Meeting helps you protect time for writing in the face of multiple demands on your time. During the long summer break or your sabbatical, it adds just enough structure to your week.
The result is more writing, a growing sense of accomplishment, better knowledge of how much you can do in 90 minutes and how much that varies, and better strategies for optimizing focus. And joy. Let’s not forget joy.
A Meeting With Your Writing is held 3 times a week:
Monday 10 a.m. UK (11 a.m. CET; 6 a.m. Atlantic, 6:30 a.m. NL, 5 a.m. Eastern)
Monday 10 a.m. Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Atlantic, 3 p.m. UK, 4 p.m. Europe)
Thursday 10 a.m. Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific, 11 a.m. Atlantic, 3 p.m. UK, 4 p.m. Europe)
Most people can only fit one meeting a week into their busy schedule but that one meeting makes a huge difference (especially if it’s on Monday). You may even be able to attend if you are in Australia or New Zealand.
The conference line provides local numbers in Canada, USA, UK, several European countries, Australia, and NZ, as well as a free WebCall option (Firefox & Chrome), and a Skype-to-Skype option.
The Academic Writing Studio also has …
Classes and resources to help you develop, adapt and maintain a writing practice that works for you.
Classes and resources to help you with various aspects of the writing process: selecting a journal, writing a book proposal, giving and receiving constructive criticism, etc.
A Monthly Conference Call to share experiences and struggles, find solutions, and get coaching from Jo in a group context.
Forums for peer support, whether that’s brainstorming ideas to solve a problem, making public statements about your commitments in a supportive environment, finding beta readers for work in progress, or just finding virtual buddies to write while you are also writing.
Just as some of us find it easier to maintain a movement practice if we join a gym or a running group, the Academic Writing Studio and A Meeting With Your Writing helps you build, adapt, and maintain your writing practice.
Become a member
Full membership in the Academic Writing Studio includes an unlimited pass for A Meeting With Your Writing. I assume you will only attend one session per week (whichever is most convenient) but you are welcome to attend as many as fit into your schedule. You can cancel anytime and will remain a member until the end of the period you’ve paid for.
Choose the length of your subscription:
- Annual membership is $420CDN (+ applicable taxes)
- Trimester membership is $140CDN (+ applicable taxes) every 4 months (available for purchase in September, January, and April)
- Monthly membership is $35CDN (+ applicable taxes) – Recurring payment
If you live in a timezone or have a teaching schedule that makes attending synchronous Meetings impossible, or if you don’t want that level of support for your writing practice, Foundations of an Academic Writing Practice ($54 CDN p.a.) gives you access to the community and resources — everything except the live Meeting With Your Writing calls.
All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars. Canadians will also need to pay GST/HST.
You may also need to pay long-distance charges. The conference service provides local numbers in several countries (including several Canadian and European cities) as well as an option to connect through the website (Firefox or Chrome required for web-connect option). 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).
Note: If you’ve been a member of the Academic Writing Studio before, then click this link to log in and update your membership. (This form won’t work for
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 have a writing practice at all, you might want to start with the 15 minute per day Academic Writing Challenge (free). You can complement that with a Foundations membership ($54CDN; <£30GBP). Use the Establishing a Writing Practice class (in the Studio Resource Room) to get you started, and the forum for accountability and support. Then when you are ready to commit to scheduling 2 hours once a week for writing, you can upgrade your membership.
If you live in Australia or New Zealand and are wondering if this is even possible, I’ve explained that in detail.
If English is not your first language or you don’t write in English, you are welcome. More information.
Does that help? Return to the payment form.
If it’s something else, just ask and I’ll see if I can clarify things.