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COE Academic Writing Month Challenge

Do you have a writing project you want to get moving?

  • Do you have a writing project you want to get moving?
  • Want to improve your writing habits?
  • Want to get some serious writing done? 

Then, please join us for an Academic Writing Month challenge to achieve your writing goal and to support each other in enhancing productive writing habits. Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) is a month-long academic writing challenge that happens every November.

How will this work?

Please fill out the information on this form if you are interested in joining the writing challenge by October 28. 

We will have a kickoff meeting on Friday, October 29 and the challenge will run from November 1-November 30.

Over the month, I will host writing Zoom meetings that you can join if you like the accountability of writing with others, or you can write on your own and check-in periodically via our group chat. 

We will also use MS Teams to track writing on our group’s accountability spreadsheet. I will also be available if you’d like to talk about your writing, have another set of eyes on your manuscript before you submit it, or any other writing mentoring I can provide.

6 guidelines for the month:

  1. Decide on a goal where you count either words, time, or projects. Be realistic, but also try to push yourself a bit. 
  2. Declare your goal by signing up on our group’s ‘Accountability Spreadsheet.’ This is where accountability comes in—it is key to this working for you.

(Ex. “I will write 250 words 5x per week”, or “I will write for 30 minutes per day”, or “I will complete one manuscript.”)

  1. Draft your approach to the month, making sure you have done enough preparation to write a lot. Over the next few weeks, get some reading done, carve out time in your schedule, etc. Basically, get yourself ready to start writing.
  2. Discuss your progress with our writing challenge group.
  3. Plan to work with consistency. You will learn a lot of tips and tricks for getting writing done that work best for you over this month.
  4. And at the end, declare your results on the spreadsheet or to our group. It really helps to know both what worked for you and what did not.

I know this is a crazy time of year to do a challenge, but if you can write in November, imagine what you can do the rest of the year! 

For more info about AcWriMo, check out PhD2Published