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Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development

Support for Writing

The Endeavor Center supports faculty in their work as writers as they prepare presentations, publications, and grant applications. See below for a few examples.

If you're looking for someone to hold you accountable as you make progress in your writing, connect with another person or two (or three), write, and check in with each other regularly.  

Spring Writing Boot Camp

Rachel Newcomb is coordinating a Spring Writing Boot Camp accountability group that begins mid-February. 

  • What’s involved? 3 in-person team meetings (kick-off, after spring break, end of semester) & biweekly email check-ins
  • When do we start? February 13, 12:30-1:30 @ KWR Hall (seating stairs between 1st & 2nd floor) Bring your ideas and goals, set up a writing schedule.
  • What happens at the end? You have a finished draft! Finishers will get prizes (e.g., books, gift certificates)! Everyone’s a winner!
  • How do I sign up? Email Rachel Newcomb at rnewcomb@rollins.edu 

Ad Hoc Writing Accountability Partnerships

I can't do the Spring Writing Boot Camp. How do I find partners?

If the timing of Rachel Newcomb's Spring Writing Boot Camp doesn't work for you, simply reach out to a colleague or two or three--or use this signup sheet to find others who are interested.  

What do we do as a group?

Kerry Ann Rockquemore described Writing Accountability Groups--which can be adapted to just 2 or 3 people--in this 2010 Inside Higher Ed column:  "four people agree to meet once a week ... (either face-to-face or by conference call). The groups meet for exactly one hour per week and each person gets 15 minutes to discuss the following items: 1) my goals for last week were _______, 2) I did/did not meet them, 3) if I didn't meet them, it’s because of _______ and 4) my writing goals for next week are _______.... Nobody reads anyone else's writing in this type of group. Instead the focus is on the writing process and moving projects forward so they can get into the hands of people with subject matter expertise (not group members)."

Johns Hopkins University's faculty development site offers a slightly different structure:  "The first 15 minutes of every WAG is a participant report-out on the prior week’s writing goals and the plan for that day’s writing session; then there is a 30-minute timed communal writing period; the final 15 minutes is spent reviewing what each member accomplished during the writing session and a statement of the writing goals for the next week."

Rockquemore notes that these groups are "ineffective when individuals cannot sustain the weekly commitment to the group or daily writing, and/or their primary need is for ongoing substantive feedback."

I have a buddy/group. How do we begin?

Johns Hopkins University's faculty development site has great resources on writing accountability groups. The simple version:

  1. Once you have your members, set a weekly schedule to connect--in person or electronically. Writing Accountability Groups are typically 10 weeks long, but you can adapt as needed.
  2. Each member must commit to attending at least 70% of the sessions. It's about writing accountability.
  3. Select which type of agenda your group will use: the Rockquemore agenda or the Johns Hopkins agenda (above).
  4. Go! Write, and hold each other accountable!

Happy writing!

14-Day Writing Challenge (online):  March 23-April 5

The 14-Day Challenge is an opportunity to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability sponsored by the NCFDD (National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity). It's very simple:

  • Commit to write every day for at least 30 minutes.
  • At the beginning of your writing time, login to our online community, start the timer, complete your writing, and post your progress at the end.
  • Take 5 minutes to support other writers in your group by commenting on their progress.

This is NOT for you if: 1) you don't want to post your progress on a daily basis and/or 2) you don't want to interact with other people. 

* Login to your NCFDD account to register.

 

RoAcWriMo (Rollins Academic Writing Month)

Inspired by the national writing event called AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month),* during which academics from all around set writing goals for a month and report their progress online on a simple accountability site, we've begun a RoAcWriMo tradition.  The inaugural RoAcWriMo was held during November 2018 with 10 writing participants from Rollins. The second was in January 2020 with 3 participants from Rollins.

* AcWriMo was created when Charlotte Frost (a post-doc at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) riffed on the creative writers' NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by establishing an academic version--AcWriMo--to help early-career academics make progress on their writing projects while also sharing a sense of community, 21st-century style (online). Good preparatory advice is available in "AcWriMo -- Prep for Success" and "6 Tips About Academic Writing for #AcWriMo."

If you prefer to write in the company of others in coffeehouses and the like, join Laptops, Lattes, & Lagers. 

Inspired by Laptops & Lagers (a small group of Elon University faculty who gather every Thursday late afternoon at a local bar), this group will gather at local coffeehouses and/or bars, depending on the timing and the wishes of the group. 

Sign up here.

On-Campus Writing Mini-Retreats

These convenient monthly sessions are four-hour blocks of time for writing. Participants will simply write -- no agenda, no program, just writing. Come and go as you please, take breaks when needed, and enjoy the opportunity for quiet and focus away from your office. Bring your writing materials and headphones (if you need to cancel out the ambient noise).  Grab coffee and treats from one of the cafes on campus, or bring your own.

Spring 2020 Dates

  • Wed, Feb 26, 9am-1pm, Olin Library Tower Room
  • Tues, March 24, 8am-noon, Warden Dining Room (back corner room in dining hall)
  • Fri, April 17, 9am-1pm, KWR Hall 340 (seminar room to left of Galloway Room)

No need to RSVP. Just show up when you can!

When these mini-retreats are held in the Olin Library Tower Room, make sure you're aware of the rules for that room:  This is part of the library's designated quiet 4th floor to support students' study needs, so we'll just write quietly in this room.  Those practicing the Pomodoro technique (or wanting to take breaks and chat) will go to the main floor, which is not designated as a quiet area.   

 

Off-Campus Writing Retreats

Once a semester, you'll have to opportunity to sign up for a true writing retreat.  It'll be for the full work day and at a nearby location off campus.  Stay tuned for announcements!