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Faculty Writing Cooperative

We invite you to join our Spring 2022 Faculty Writing Cooperative.  This program brings faculty together from across disciplines for co-writing and to support best practices for writing throughout the semester.  All Villanova faculty and post-doctoral scholars are invited to enroll in this semester-long program. 

**Please note that we have made some changes in the program for the Spring 2022 co-op.  These are outlined below.

What is the VIRS Faculty Writing Cooperative? 

This is a semester-long program that combines: 1) peer-led, scheduled blocks of time throughout the semester (based on individual availability) for writing alongside others to ensure accountability and productivity; and 2) an intensive, facilitated write-in day to cap off the semester and celebrate accomplishments.  This is a more flexible, more peer-managed version of our Writing Group program.

Why join the VIRS Faculty Writing Cooperative?

Writing often takes a back seat to other faculty responsibilities (teaching, administration, mentorship, etc.).  We can fall behind on productivity goals and motivation because we don’t sustain momentum on our projects.  A structured writing program rooted in the concepts of frequency, duration, and intensity promises the best outcomes for research and writing goals. 

What are the commitments for signing up for the program?

  1. Signing up to participate in at least six 2-hour write-in sessions during the semester: at least three of these must be on the first sign-up sheet covering the first half of the semester; at least one of these must be within the first week of the program (a short orientation will be provided at these initial sessions).
  2. Signing up for these first three sessions before the program begins on January 18th.
  3. Attending the intensive write-in day after the semester ends (the week of May 9-13, 2022; exact day/time TBD).

Signing up for 2-hour writing sessions:  Write-in sessions are two-hour blocks of time where faculty gather in a group of two or more people (in person or online) to work individually on their writing.  These sessions have time structured in at the beginning and end (10 minutes each) for sharing goals, accomplishments, and strategies for success.  This combination—a significant block of time allotted to uninterrupted writing and an exchange of ideas about writing—is built on best practices for productivity:  goal setting, socializing the writing process, writing regularly, breaking projects into manageable chunks, and taking time to acknowledge/celebrate achievements.

Facilitating sessions:  This is a peer-led, cooperative program.  One faculty member signs up to lead each session. Faculty are free to sign up for as many or as few facilitator slots as they like. Facilitating a session is simple:

  • Set the location.  Share a Zoom link for an online session or secure a space for an in-person session (consider department conference rooms, reservable rooms across campus, local coffee shops).  The faculty member who facilitates determines whether the session is online or in-person.
  • Facilitate the introductions and wrap up.
    • Lead the introductory 10-minute session:  participants introduce themselves and share the writing project they are working on and their goals for the session
    • Lead the 10-minute wrap-up session:  participants share what they accomplished during the session
    • Keep the time—ensure the intro and closing discussions do not surpass 10 minutes
    • Submit attendance to the Excel sign-up sheet at the end of the session
  • The write-in sessions echo the structure of the writing group program.  Faculty who have participated in the writing group program are encouraged to sign up to lead sessions early in the semester to give those who are new to the programming a chance to feel comfortable with the format.  For those who have not been involved in our writing group program, we recommend taking a facilitation slot after you have participated in a session led by someone else.

The intensive, facilitated write-in day:  The program will culminate in a day of writing to take place week after final exams.  We will provide a comfortable environment for a day of focused writing, collegiality, lunch, and wine and cheese to celebrate our writing accomplishments during the semester.

What is the schedule?

Program Dates and Deadlines

Register to participate by Friday, January 14th, 2022:

  • Fill out the VIRS registration form.
  • Sign up to participate in or facilitate at least three sessions during the first half of the semester (sign-up sheet will be sent to registrants January 7th, 2022).
  • Ensure that at least one of these three sessions is during the first week.

Please commit to these times as other participants will have planned around your time and location.  If you need to cancel, please secure an alternative facilitator and provide the necessary location information (co-host status on zoom link or access to in-person location).

Write-in session schedule.  Writing sessions are scheduled for the following times.

Mondays – 9:00 - 11:00

Tuesdays - 9:00 - 11:00 and 2:00 - 4:00

Wednesdays - noon - 2:00 and 2:00 - 4:00

Thursdays - noon - 2:00 and 2:00 - 4:00

Fridays - 9:00 - 11:00 and 11:00 - 1:00

Day-long writing intensive:  A day during the week following final exams, May 9-13, 2022 (Date & location TBD).

How does the sign-up work?

An Excel sign-up sheet will be provided to all registrants by January 7th, 2022.  The sign up sheet will provide writing times followed by slots for the facilitator, additional participants, and attendance.