“Don’t Go It Alone” (online article) emphasizes the need for academic writing groups for encouragement, accountability, and shared productivity strategies: “We need help getting our writing done – not just planned and agonized over.”
The article offers practical suggestions about where and when to meet and how to manage distractions. As well, it lays out (and expands on) eight guidelines used successfully with separate writing groups of tenured professors, tenure-track professors, and mixed groups of tenured and untenured writers:
- Focus on process, not content.
- Size matters.
- Stick to a schedule.
- Attend whether or not you’ve met your writing goals.
- Make concrete writing goals.
- Put it in writing.
- Make time for each member.
- Maintain confidentiality