Writing Club Testimonials
Well over 1000 people have participated in the Academic Writing Club.
Below are testimonials and completely unsolicited comments from Writing Club members, from 2006 on. We have received hundreds, and they keep on coming!
Note: All bold text other than headings is added by me (Gina Hiatt). Please keep in mind that many of these people choose not to be identified (not that there’s any reason to feel ashamed that you’re struggling with writing productivity), so I usually can’t give you names. But these are 100% bonafide comments from real Academic Writing Club members.
Read these testimonials and comments, and then when you get inspired, sign up on this page!
Comments from Graduate Students & Post Docs
"[Fellow Writing Club member], you inspire me. I look forward each day to seeing your check mark up there. I know if you can do it, so can I. Not being in this alone has been the most helpful aspect of the program for me. Isolation was not working. I, too, need to strike better balance. Learning to reward and take care of myself is the first step. I can’t believe that before I started this program, the thought of rewarding myself regularly never occured to me. I hope you are doing the same!"
(In response to a post about the next Writing Club.) "Oh good, I was just going to post inquiring about this! I will be signing up—this has been one of my best investments to date. As one who gives support to others as part of my job, I should have recognized the importance of finding it for myself. The little management tools, the encouragement, and the companionship were what I was lacking. Thank you so much for all of your support over these past weeks!"
"I’m signing up again also. (previous commenter), your comments (as has often been the case!) echo my own thoughts and feelings. This is the best investment that I’ve made in a long time!"
"I’ve also signed up. The first month has been tremendously helpful, especially in getting me to be motivated and work in discrete chunks of time."
Grad Students - a nice series of posts from one group's message board in the Writing Club
Comments from Professors
“Coming up for tenure next year, in good shape with publications but have been in a writing slump for the past year. This program has really changed that!”
“The wonderful supportive comments from the coaches and the other writers are really motivating! Thanks to all! It has been very encouraging to see what others in the class have done to silence the inner critic.... A few months ago I was only taking notes from readings, and not writing anything myself. Fortunately, this program has got me writing…. Today, yet again I thought, NOW I'm really getting this, understanding why it is important to write 15 minutes (at least) each day. This keeps my topic more in the front of my brain, so that ideas can come to me all day. Also, the 15 minutes just circumvents the critic and the procrastinator who feel it is not good enough or not ready for prime time. So what, too bad, got to write anyway, so sit down and like tonight, something pretty good comes out of nowhere, and pretty quickly! And the beauty of it is, I don't have to "get it," or understand why/how it works, it (15 min sessions) just works, all I have to do is DO IT!”
Grace Ann Rosile
Assistant Professor of Management at New Mexico State University
A quick shout out for a good self-monitoring tool.
The person who came up with Academic Ladder (http://academicwritingclub.com) is a genius. And, obviously, a behavior analyst.
You see, I am that professor. The one who teaches and neglects anything without a deadline. I needed someone to coach me.
And here it is. You check in each day with your team and talk about how your writing has gone. The team is there to provide reinforcement, and someone comments on your progress each day. There’s even a graph of your progress, and the progress of the team. How’s that for contingency management?
It’s also introduced me to the concept of using a timer to break up my day. I’m more on-task, and find myself writing much more. So, thank you, Academic Ladder! You’re worth the investment.
“I wanted to do everything but write - the old way. But, I kept thinking - just start somewhere and write whatever for a few minutes, and then I got going and last for 20. Yay! I'm really glad I have the group, too, because there's no way I would get any writing done at all, given the rest of the stuff going on in my life. So thanks to all of you!”
“It felt nice to take a moment and applaud my fellow group members whose updates preceded mine today. I was so glad to see them moving along through the thick and thin we all suffer. Going through a rough day in my local surroundings, it is especially nice to have a community here to hear from and to unload on. It even displays how the virtual is as real as the actual…”