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Transcript from #AdjunctChat on 4/29/14 (with @melovell)

Colouful speech bubblesThis is the transcript from #AdjunctChat on 4/29/14, and was facilitated by @melovell.

The topic was Experiences with Writers’ Groups: Find or start a writers’ group for accountability and collegiality.

All are welcome to our next #AdjunctChat on Tues, May 6, where the topic is “What technology skills do you need to be a successful adjunct?” led by Rebecca Hogue @rjhogue.

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@melovell RT @JeffreyKeefer: Looking forward to #AdjunctChat beginning in 5 minutes with @melovell http://t.co/tkBy60zs4m 4/29/2014 15:57
@melovell .@JeffreyKeefer Good morning #adjunctchat. Just making a much needed coffee. Be right with you. 4/29/2014 15:58
@AdjunctChat RT @melovell: .@JeffreyKeefer Good morning #adjunctchat. Just making a much needed coffee. Be right with you. 4/29/2014 16:00
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Thanks for offering to facilitate this week’s #AdjunctChat, especially from a part of the world where today is Wednesday morning! 4/29/2014 16:01
@Comprof1 @melovell @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat Where are you that it’s morning? 4/29/2014 16:01
@melovell @Comprof1 I’m on east coast Australia. 6am here. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:02
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Great to see you here as well. How is the weather upstate? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:03
@melovell Who else is with us today? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:04
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Thanks for making it up so early. Seems our academic tasks are never done! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:04
@Comprof1 @melovell #adjunctchat that’s early to get up although it’s the most productive time of day for me! 4/29/2014 16:04
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Ha, it is early for me, but I know this is a standard time for morning people. I’ll be relying on the coffee. 😉 #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:05
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer relatively cold! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:08
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Can you tell us a little about your experiences with writers’ groups that led to today’s #AdjunctChat? 4/29/2014 16:08
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Can you tell us a little about your experiences with writers’ groups that led to today’s #AdjunctChat? 4/29/2014 16:08
@melovell Well perhaps we should make a start. Hopefully a few people will join in as we go. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:08
@LitProfSuz Hi #adjunctchat – I’m in the midst of grading, but keeping on eye on the chat too! 4/29/2014 16:08
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Yes, winter jackets here in #nyc yet again today. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:08
@melovell @LitProfSuz Nice to see you, glad you could come. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:09
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell I am often surprised by how people follow in the background or otherwise make use of the #AdjunctChat transcript. 4/29/2014 16:09
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Oh really? Somehow I thought you guys would be getting nice and warm by now. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:09
@LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer Love it that @melovell is speaking to us from the future! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:09
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz Welcome; you are doing the grading I promised for my students by class tomorrow night! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:10
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz Welcome; you are doing the grading I promised for my students by class tomorrow night! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:10
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @melovell I have office hours at 7 Glad it’s ,ight out again at 6. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:10
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer @melovell Almost like an adjunct psychic! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:10
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer This #adjunctchat came about because our chats often brushed on the topic of writers’ groups. Time to look in more detail! 4/29/2014 16:10
@Comprof1 @melovell @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat we were last year but it has snowed up here as late as mid may. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:11
@melovell Writing is one of the most difficult things for adjuncts to fit in. Writers’ groups can help build writing habits. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:12
@melovell RT @LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer Love it that @melovell is speaking to us from the future! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:12
@Comprof1 @melovell @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat I read the intro. I don’t know much about writers circle but we have research support group 4/29/2014 16:12
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Lol. Too funny. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:13
@LitProfSuz @melovell I would agree – but what stategies do you have for connecting with other #AdjunctChat when they aren’t on campus or have offices? 4/29/2014 16:13
@melovell @LitProfSuz That’s a really good question. I’m without a group at the moment, so I think that’s worth exploring. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:14
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @melovell Yes, I would like to hear more about writers circles as well #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:14
@Comprof1 @melovell #adjunctchat we present research and get feedback sometimes on “writing” sometimes on ideas blocking writing 4/29/2014 16:14
@melovell I’m going to push on to Q1 as I think we’re covering that ground already #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:15
@melovell Q1 Have you ever been involved in an academic writing group? What was its goals and structure? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:15
@LitProfSuz @melovell I am attempting to organize a virtual group using a Google doc to set goals & track progress, but it is slow going #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:16
@melovell Here I think we can define writing group pretty broadly. Both informal and formal groups can be great #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:16
@Comprof1 @melovell @LitProfSuz Has anyone ever used google groups, google docs, research gate, or wiki for writing support? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:16
@melovell In my case, my best experience was with an informal (but committed & regular) writers’ group I set up with peers during my PhD. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:17
@JeffreyKeefer #AcWri #ECRchat RT @melovell: Q1 Have you ever been involved in an academic writing group? What was its goals and structure? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:17
@LitProfSuz @melovell A1 As grad stdt, I ran a group for 4 yrs for grad stdt.Focused on goal setting, time management & progress tracking. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:17
@melovell @LitProfSuz A virtual group? Very nice idea. Forums can also be a good site for this kind of thing #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:17
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell A1 I have never been in a writing group. I like the notion but am not sure how it ideally works or how to find one #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:18
@Comprof1 @LitProfSuz @melovell how did you put together group? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:18
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz @melovell A1 How are you looking to organize one? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:18
@melovell @LitProfSuz Yes, we did a similar thing. Met every couple of weeks to read one students’ work and provide feedback too #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:18
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell A1 Were they peers in the same program or interdisciplinary ones? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:19
@melovell That group is no longer meeting but it built a small community of people really familiar with each others’ work. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:19
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @melovell I’m thinking you need to create one as adjunct rather than find one #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:19
@LitProfSuz #AdjunctChat A1 I also participated in #AcWriMo 2013 http://t.co/XguQzrNqBX 4/29/2014 16:20
@melovell Even a couple of years after it finished, my writing group colleagues still try to promote each others’ work to wider academia #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:20
@Comprof1 @melovell @LitProfSuz were they in same department or interests? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:20
@melovell @Comprof1 Yes, this is something I should do. My post-phd life has been unstable workwise so not always easy to identify peers #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:21
@Comprof1 RT @LitProfSuz: #AdjunctChat A1 I also participated in #AcWriMo 2013 http://t.co/XguQzrNqBX 4/29/2014 16:21
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell @LitProfSuz A1 Was your work all related or very different? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:21
@melovell @LitProfSuz Ooh yes, I love #acwrimo. It shows that there are lots of ways to bring sociality to writing beyond formal groups #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:22
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell A1 Have you all remained in touch with one another as an unintended side effect? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:22
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz In my case it was, we all worked on ethnic/indigenous politics stuff in one way or another #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:23
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Wonderful, unexpected benefit! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:23
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @melovell I think you may be right about this one . . . .#AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:23
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Yes we all became good friends. We’re a bit spread out now so the writers group kind of fizzled. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:23
@Comprof1 @melovell I started going to the research consortium and have thought of going to dept pro seminar #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:24
@melovell I’m going to push on with the questions, but feel free to continue earlier threads of conversation #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:24
@melovell Q2 What have you gained from being a members of a writers’ group or what would you hope to gain from this kind of group? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:24
@LitProfSuz @melovell #adjunctchat My weekly group was only goals/progress. Had a bi-monthly group of dif ppl to read work. Traded off who led. 4/29/2014 16:24
@Comprof1 @melovell one thing holding me back is embarrassment at only being adjunct #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:25
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz I recall hearing about #AcWriMo though it did not work with my schedule. Wonder if anything similar is planned? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:25
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz I recall hearing about #AcWriMo though it did not work with my schedule. Wonder if anything similar is planned? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:25
@LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat The group that read work had related interests. Limited text to about 5 pages. Writer had to set a guiding ? 4/29/2014 16:26
@melovell @Comprof1 I hadn’t thought of it that way, but I can identify with that feeling. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:26
@melovell @Comprof1 I have been reluctant to start a group when I don’t know where I’ll be working in a few months time. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:26
@LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer I think it will be every November. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:27
@Comprof1 @melovell I actually got a book chapter out of consortium. Also, makes me feel connected to academics #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:27
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz What sort of a guiding questions? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:27
@melovell Benefits to online groups and forums is that they can continue regardless of where you’ll working or the movement of members #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:27
@LitProfSuz @Comprof1 @melovell URGH! You are not an “only”. You are valuable, knowledgeable and caring. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:28
@melovell For online: I have found #acwrimo and the #phinished forums to be good sites for support and creating milestones #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:28
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @melovell Perhaps this is something we can consider within our little #AdjunctChat community at some point, even organically? 4/29/2014 16:28
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz every year. There was talk of maybe doing it in the summer also. #adjunctchat #acwri 4/29/2014 16:28
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Interesting; I don’t feel at all embarrassed. If anything I tend to think just the opposite! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:28
@LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer #adjunctchat The writer had to have at least 1 question for the peer reader/reviewer. What they wanted feedback on. 4/29/2014 16:29
@JeffreyKeefer RT @melovell: For online: I have found #acwrimo and the #phinished forums to be good sites for support and creating milestones #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:29
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer I think it depends on whether you’re where you want to be. In my case I was looking for longer term appointment #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:29
@Comprof1 @melovell I have always collaborated at a distance with coauthors so virtual group not daunting #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:30
@melovell @LitProfSuz That’s a good idea. It helps people to get focused feedback which may be much more substantive and useful #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:30
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell @Comprof1 Why do you think you need a writing group in the same institution? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:30
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz Please keep us informed! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:31
@melovell Pushing along…Q3 Have you found social writing situations beneficial or do you prefer to see writing as a solitary endeavour? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:31
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer I haven’t got a car. Realistically, writers groups have to be near work or online for me. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:32
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz Ahh, got it. Did they submit the work before the meeting or all there in real time? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:32
@LitProfSuz @melovell Yes, by limiting text to about 5 pgs & having focused feedback ?s, more ppl actually read/commented. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:32
@melovell A3, I’m a bit introverted so I tend to lapse to seeing writing as a solitary endeavour. But I know that social is effective! #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:32
@JeffreyKeefer A2 If I were in an academic writing group, I would benefit from the pressure of having something done by a specific date #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:33
@LitProfSuz @melovell Longer text or a full paper,writer would send it to all & ask who had time to read/comment; seperate from our mtg #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:33
@JeffreyKeefer A2 I would also benefit from having concrete feedback that would later help before the formal peer review process #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:33
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Yes that’s a definite advantage. You’re less likely to drift if people are waiting for something #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:34
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell A3 Can you talk a bit about what you mean by social writing? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:34
@LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer Before the mtg by 2 days. #AdjunctChat Cuz we all know we procrastinate anyways! :^) 4/29/2014 16:34
@Comprof1 RT @LitProfSuz: @melovell Yes, by limiting text to about 5 pgs & having focused feedback ?s, more ppl actually read/commented. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:34
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer This also takes the pressure off in terms of peer review. Writing is in constant review so less of a hurdle #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:35
@Comprof1 RT @JeffreyKeefer: A2 I would also benefit from having concrete feedback that would later help before the formal peer review process #Adjun… 4/29/2014 16:35
@JeffreyKeefer RT @LitProfSuz: @JeffreyKeefer Before the mtg by 2 days. #AdjunctChat Cuz we all know we procrastinate anyways! :^) 4/29/2014 16:36
@LitProfSuz @melovell A3 I’m more focused in public places. I feel more pressure to perform. I go to coffee shops #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:36
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer For me, writing is social when I’m sharing work in less polished forms, talking about it & seeing people writing #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:36
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 What have you found the most challenging with online writer groups? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:37
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer I think its easy to drift on writing goals because of other urgent tasks. Social writing normalises writing. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:37
@Comprof1 I actually Ned the help in the idea generation stage. Once I’ve talked it out, don’t really need much feedback in writing. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:37
@LitProfSuz @melovell @JeffreyKeefer Ah, yes-I have to talk my ideas out. Usually, I will ppt it & invite a friend to coffee to talk it out #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:38
@melovell @Comprof1 I think that’s part of the process too. And a good thing to be aware of. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:38
@JeffreyKeefer A3 I have always written individually, though have collaborated on papers (you write the intro, I will do the lit review, etc.) #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:39
@melovell @Comprof1 Is that harder with online forums/groups? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:39
@melovell We’re heading this way anyway so…Q4 What are some of the challenges or drawbacks of writers’ groups? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:39
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 So the initial feedback to help flesh out the ideas and direction, after which you are independent? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:39
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer getting people to participate. #adjunctchat usually a follow up skype is useful 4/29/2014 16:39
@AdjunctChat Today’s #AdjunctChat topic is Experiences with Writers’ Groups. All are welcome! @melovell http://t.co/tsWhtRDMON 4/29/2014 16:40
@AdjunctChat Today’s #AdjunctChat topic is Experiences with Writers’ Groups. All are welcome! @melovell http://t.co/tsWhtRDMON 4/29/2014 16:40
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer That’s a whole new ballgame. Groups/coauthors that literally write together not just talk about their writing #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:40
@LitProfSuz @melovell A4 I have found that getting commitment and following thru is tough. Once committed, it works well. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:41
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 Got it. How many seem to work out best in your writing groups? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:41
@melovell We’ve talked about writing group challenges a bit already. Keeping them going is a challenge, especially when people move. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:41
@Comprof1 @melovell Yes. That’s why phone call or skype comes in handy. #adjunctchat then follow up online 4/29/2014 16:42
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell That is valuable, no doubt, though I really need to get going with two articles I have been outlining but not writing #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:42
@melovell Best number for a writers’ group? Maybe 5-7people? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:42
@LitProfSuz @Comprof1 @melovell We were in the same department. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:43
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Me too! New job other busy-ness is getting in way. Need a group to keep me accountable! #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:43
@LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer @melovell Invite the members, each week state goals, check-in at the end of week on progress. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:44
@Comprof1 @melovell @JeffreyKeefer My coauthors and I often will have one person write after extensive discussion then pass back & forth #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:44
@Comprof1 RT @LitProfSuz: @melovell A4 I have found that getting commitment and following thru is tough. Once committed, it works well. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:44
@melovell I think the other challenge is that people are sometimes worried about group dynamics / politics #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:44
@JeffreyKeefer RT @melovell: I think the other challenge is that people are sometimes worried about group dynamics / politics #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:45
@Comprof1 @ai1sa @JeffreyKeefer Jump in anytime. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:45
@JeffreyKeefer @Comprof1 @melovell Wow, that sounds like some process you have in place #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:45
@LitProfSuz @melovell 4-6 if you are reading ppl’s work. 5-7 if goal setting/progress. Enough when some1 doesn’t show, can still work. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:46
@melovell Members of a group have to be on the same page about the purpose of group. No group can be all things to all people. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:46
@Comprof1 @JeffreyKeefer @melovell Have you set deadlines? Use #acwri at anytime. Community is very supportive. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:47
@JeffreyKeefer @ai1sa @Comprof1 Great idea! Can you talk more about this (and use the tag #AdjunctChat just so it appears more easily for the group)? 4/29/2014 16:47
@melovell Sometimes we need different groups (formal & informal, online, face-to-face) for writing together, accountability, feedback #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:48
@LitProfSuz @melovell Agreed! Have a clear purpose set at first meeting. Most writers have more than 1 group. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:48
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Do you find it useful to lay those writing group ground rules right at the beginning? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:48
@Comprof1 @melovell at least 4 active with total of no more than 7 for fo.rmal wring group #AdjunctChat Gives flexibility for members w/ busy schedule 4/29/2014 16:49
@LitProfSuz @Comprof1 @melovell @JeffreyKeefer I just finished one w/ 2 others.We each had a section. 1 person led in revisions for voice #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:49
@melovell In my experience groups work best when people know each other beforehand, when the focus is clear, when meetings are regular #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:49
@Comprof1 RT @melovell: Members of a group have to be on the same page about the purpose of group. No group can be all things to all people. #adjunct… 4/29/2014 16:50
@melovell @JeffreyKeefer Yes, absolutely. Even informal groups should be clear about purpose and might starts as a small commitment #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:50
@melovell Small commitments are easier to make, e.g. read 5 pages or an outline and meet once a month. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:51
@LitProfSuz #adjunctchat Recommended for goal set/progress groups “How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing”- Paul Silvia, 4/29/2014 16:51
@Comprof1 RT @melovell: In my experience groups work best when people know each other beforehand, when the focus is clear, when meetings are regular … 4/29/2014 16:51
@melovell @LitProfSuz Sounds like a good way to coauthor. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:52
@JeffreyKeefer RT @melovell: Small commitments are easier to make, e.g. read 5 pages or an outline and meet once a month. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:53
@melovell We’re winding down now so I’ll ask last question. This is one that those catching up later might want to think about… #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:53
@Comprof1 @melovell and having regular times even virtual for meeting helps maintain momentum #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:53
@LitProfSuz #AdjunctChat I’ve posted my writing group handouts/advise here, if you would like http://t.co/Z3iQxn2ZIO 4/29/2014 16:53
@melovell Q5 What questions do you have for #adjunctchat participants about starting or running a writers’ group? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:54
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz This book? http://t.co/n9LsVlBAai #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:54
@melovell @Comprof1 Yes! Otherwise it doesn’t work well as an incentive to get work done. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:54
@melovell RT @LitProfSuz #AdjunctChat I’ve posted my writing group handouts/advise here, if you would like http://t.co/Jo0AzqTAUT 4/29/2014 16:55
@melovell RT @LitProfSuz #AdjunctChat I’ve posted my writing group handouts/advise here, if you would like http://t.co/Jo0AzqTAUT 4/29/2014 16:55
@Comprof1 RT @LitProfSuz: #AdjunctChat I’ve posted my writing group handouts/advise here, if you would like http://t.co/Z3iQxn2ZIO 4/29/2014 16:55
@ai1sa writing with critical friend via skype means we commit to a time 2 write & 2 reading eachothers work #adjunctchat great for ecr too #ecrchat 4/29/2014 16:56
@LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer Yep. It is easy to read and short. Focuses on creating a group, setting writing goals, tracking progress #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:56
@melovell My question would be, have you run successful writing groups outside of current centre/school and what makes those work best? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:56
@JeffreyKeefer RT @LitProfSuz: #AdjunctChat I’ve posted my writing group handouts/advise here, if you would like http://t.co/ZC9Dj1lS0o 4/29/2014 16:56
@Comprof1 @melovell how can you start a virtual group? What platform would any of you suggest? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:56
@MMstrikesback RT @JeffreyKeefer: RT @LitProfSuz: #AdjunctChat I’ve posted my writing group handouts/advise here, if you would like http://t.co/ZC9Dj1lS0o 4/29/2014 16:57
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell A5 OK, I want to try an academic writing group to write up two article ideas I have. Suggestions how to start? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:57
@MMstrikesback RT @melovell: RT @LitProfSuz #AdjunctChat I’ve posted my writing group handouts/advise here, if you would like http://t.co/Jo0AzqTAUT 4/29/2014 16:57
@JeffreyKeefer RT @ai1sa: writing with critical friend via skype means we commit to a time 2 write & 2 reading eachothers work #adjunctchat great for… 4/29/2014 16:57
@Comprof1 RT @ai1sa: writing with critical friend via skype means we commit to a time 2 write & 2 reading eachothers work #adjunctchat great for ecr … 4/29/2014 16:57
@JeffreyKeefer @ai1sa Are you currently engaged in one of those? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:57
@upantaleon RT @LitProfSuz: #AdjunctChat I’ve posted my writing group handouts/advise here, if you would like http://t.co/Z3iQxn2ZIO 4/29/2014 16:57
@MMstrikesback RT @Comprof1: @melovell and having regular times even virtual for meeting helps maintain momentum #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:58
@Comprof1 @ai1sa how did you pick your critical friend? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:58
@ai1sa Done this for a couple of yrs so now familiar enough w each others areas 2 b useful. Not essential 2 share same methodology #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:58
@JeffreyKeefer @ai1sa With the same people? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 16:59
@melovell This has encouraged me to think again about how to introduce social element into my writing. I’ve let it lapse a bit lately. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 16:59
@ai1sa @Comprof1 she was a phd student at the same uni, difft supervisors, difft fields. We also meet at a writing retreat 1x/yr #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 17:00
@melovell I think starting with people whose work I’m interested in is a good place to start. Time to set regular times to exchange work. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 17:00
@melovell Well I’m afraid I’ve got to go get ready for work. Thanks to everyone who took part in #adjunctchat. Do keep the discussion going. 🙂 4/29/2014 17:01
@ai1sa @JeffreyKeefer have been this week as I’d an article with revisions to get in. #adjunctchat #ecrchat 4/29/2014 17:02
@LitProfSuz #adjunctchat BTW-I have an article published today! 4/29/2014 17:03
@JeffreyKeefer RT @melovell: Well I’m afraid I’ve got to go get ready for work. Thanks to everyone who took part in #adjunctchat. Do keep the discussion… 4/29/2014 17:04
@ai1sa @Comprof1 someone i liked, had met, also met at an academic womens writing retreat. Prob b useful to have more than 1 #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 17:04
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Thanks for facilitating this week’s #AdjunctChat on Writing Groups. Many useful thoughts to consider. 4/29/2014 17:04
@Comprof1 @melovell Thanks. Very useful. What area are you thinking of writing in/do you write in? #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 17:04
@JeffreyKeefer Congrats!! RT @LitProfSuz: #adjunctchat BTW-I have an article published today! 4/29/2014 17:05
@AdjunctChat Want to continue talking about writers’ groups? Check out our new #AdjunctChat Facebook group https://t.co/3aywy6lUWs 4/29/2014 17:05
@JeffreyKeefer @ai1sa @Comprof1 Quite interesting; thanks for sharing all this. Seems something I should begin to consider #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 17:05
@JeffreyKeefer @melovell Glad this talk helped you to get some ideas and direction as well! #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 17:06
@melovell RT @AdjunctChat Want to continue talking about writers’ groups? Check out our new #AdjunctChat Facebook group https://t.co/mACF26OdYi 4/29/2014 17:06
@LitProfSuz @JeffreyKeefer Thanks! It is my first is a major journal. #adjunctchat 4/29/2014 17:06
@JeffreyKeefer As we are coming near the end of the term, it may be time to think about / discuss how to (re)envision #AdjunctChat through the summer. 4/29/2014 17:07
@JeffreyKeefer Ideas are welcome for what / how to facilitate #AdjunctChat June, July, and August. 4/29/2014 17:07
@ai1sa @DeeClayton one i like best is NZ based (+ an Aussie or 2) max 22 women working in uni’s or polytechnics or phd students #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 17:08
@AdjunctChat The next #AdjunctChat is Tues, May 6 – Topic “What technology skills do you need to be a successful adjunct?” led by Rebecca Hogue @rjhogue 4/29/2014 17:08
@AdjunctChat The next #AdjunctChat is Tues, May 6 – Topic “What technology skills do you need to be a successful adjunct?” led by Rebecca Hogue @rjhogue 4/29/2014 17:08
@AdjunctChat We can use some facilitators through May; who is interested? #AdjunctChat http://t.co/VzUOumkJV9 4/29/2014 17:08
@JeffreyKeefer RT @AdjunctChat: The next #AdjunctChat is Tues, May 6 – Topic “What technology skills do you need to be a successful adjunct?” led by… 4/29/2014 17:09
@ai1sa @JeffreyKeefer yes, we meet very occasionally as we are in different cities. #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 17:09
@JeffreyKeefer @LitProfSuz Excellent! Can you share a link? #AdjunctChat 4/29/2014 17:09
@MMstrikesback #AdjunctChat I’ve found being involved in adjnct organizing issues has been beneficial to my writing skills thru working w/ other #adjuncts 4/29/2014 17:17
@MMstrikesback #AdjunctChat I’ve found being involved in adjnct organizing issues has been beneficial to my writing skills thru working w/ other #adjuncts 4/29/2014 17:17
@NewFacMajority RT @MMstrikesback: #AdjunctChat I’ve found being involved in adjnct organizing issues has been beneficial to my writing skills thru working… 4/29/2014 17:17

#AdjunctChat Topic Apr 29 ~ Experiences with Writers’ Groups (with @melovell)

Twitter_ChatThe topic for the #AdjunctChat on Tuesday, April 29 is:

Experiences with Writers’ Groups: Find or start a writers’ group for accountability and collegiality

The chat will be facilitated by Melissa Lovell @melovell.

Research into academic writing consistently points to the role that supportive colleagues and peers play in the development of productive writing habits. Robert Boice’s well-known book Professors as Writers argues that ‘sociality’ is one of the four pillars or steps in a productive writing routine, along with automaticity (developing momentum using spontaneous and generative writing techniques), self-control (being conscious of your self-talk) and externality (choosing external conditions that increase the probability of writing).

A quick look at what Boice has to say about sociality may help us think about the potential benefits of writers’ groups and other forms of social writing such as #shutupandwrite. Boice argues that writing is basically a social act, even though it is one that we typically do in private. Without a community of writers and readers, writers become lonely and it is more difficult for writers to develop a sense of audience. He provides some advice for making writing more sociable including soliciting comments on writing at all stages of a manuscript, preparing oneself for the sting of negative criticism by practising constructive self-talk, building social networks (especially among the gate-keepers of scholarly writing such as journal editors or leaders in a scholarly field), and developing a sense of audience. Writers groups may be able to help with some or all of these aspects of sociality.

This week’s #adjunctchat focuses on the subject of writers groups, including our experience of them, their challenges and how to get one started. Several questions will be used to kickstart
discussion:

Q1 Have you ever been involved in an academic writing group? What was its goals and structure?

Q2 What have you gained from being a members of a writers’ group or, if you’ve never joined one, what would you hope to gain from this kind of group?

Q3 In your experience, have you found social writing situations beneficial or do you prefer to see writing as a solitary endeavour?

Q4 What are some of the challenges or drawbacks of writers’ groups?

Q5 What questions do you have for #adjunctchat participants about starting or running a writers’ group?

All are welcome to #AdjunctChat on Tuesday, April 29, from 4:00-5:00pm EDT.