On Monday morning at 10am, our intrepid band of article writers will descend upon 19 George Square for a week of focused and inspired productivity. Can an academic article of excellent quality be crafted in a week? We’re going to give it our best shot.
Every post-graduate student knows the words that strike fear into faint hearts: publish or perish.
We none of us want to perish, but putting our necks on the line and baring our scholarship to the scrutiny of fearsome reviewers is a daunting prospect. It is easy to find excuses to avoid working on an article when a thesis or dissertation demands all your attention, not to mention teaching commitments and the occasional night’s sleep.
EdJoWriWe is a week set aside specifically to tackle that article. No excuses, no procrastination. This is the week to get it done.
We hope it will also be a week that demystifies the process of writing. Other people always seem to be more on top of it, more productive, more self-motivated. EdJoWriWe provides the opportunity to work alongside each other and learn from each other. We can reflect on how we write, and discuss solutions to the hurdles that trip us up. Hopefully we’ll be brave enough to share drafts, and give and solicit feedback.
It can be pretty lonely being a research student. Between the library and the desk, burrowing deeper and deeper into an esoteric rabbit hole, it can be difficult to feel part of a community. But for the duration of EdJoWriWe – and, we hope, beyond it – we are part of a circle of academic writers, accountable to each other (miss a day at your peril!) and united in the goal of producing high-quality and publishable(ish) articles in a week.
The plan is this:
Space and time to focus. Food and drink. Peer solidarity. A panel of esteemed academics to answer burning questions about publishing. Slots for formal and informal discussion. Break-out sessions to let off steam and maybe even network. Clinics with an experienced writing expert. And writing – lots and lots of writing.
Throughout the week, we will be blogging and tweeting away, posting updates and useful or entertaining links. There will be mini-interviews with the participants, and hopefully a few guest blogs (if they can find the time!). And once EdJoWriWe is over, we will have a review session to see what we achieved. Publishable articles, we hope – but, more importantly, a better sense of ownership of the writing process, and a lasting bond with our comrades-in-books.
This weekend is the time to oil up the cogs of the mind and the joints of the fingers. Crank up that writing mojo. EdJoWriWe is nearly upon us.