ACS WAG Program
Summer 2022 Writing Accountability Groups
(June 6-July 31, 2022)
“The price we pay for the practice of solitary writing is that we often doubt ourselves, we feel as if we lack courage or commitment, we find writing lonely and hard, we can’t get into it. By [writing in community and] refusing the boundaries between individualism and community, between the public and the private…, we can … forge new, more pleasurable and productive writing selves.” —Barbara Grant, "Writing in the Company of Other Women," 2006
Plan Your Summer
Track Your Progress
“I have exchanged the stringent vocabulary of boot camps, coaching and cures for a more enticing set of metaphors…. And alongside the puritanical prescriptions of [Robert] Boice and his followers, I suggest strategies for explicitly linking productivity with craftsmanship, people, and pleasure: for example, by reading books and attending workshops or courses that will make them feel more confident in their writing style; by forming collaborative relationships premised on emotional support rather than on disciplinary sanctions; and by seeking out writing venues filled with light and air.” — Helen Sword, “’Write Every Day!’: A Mantra Dismantled,” 2016
What's a WAG/Writing Accountability Group?
“A WAG is an active writing group that meets once a week over a 10-week block [Note: we’re doing 8 weeks] and follows a strict agenda of 15 minutes of updates and goal-setting followed by 30 minutes of individual writing, and then 15 minutes of reporting and wrap-up (there is no peer review of your writing – the WAG is focused on developing a process and habit of writing). A WAG is limited to 4-8 members and you MUST commit to attending at least 7 of the 10 weekly sessions. I guarantee that if you adhere to the plan, you will achieve increased writing productivity (quantity and quality), have greater control over the writing process, experience improved goal-setting and time management, and as a bonus, you'll establish relationships with new colleagues and friends.” --Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Office of Faculty Development
What is the ACS Writing Accountability Groups Program?
In most faculty members’ long "To Do" lists, "Write that article!" is often pushed down when urgent but less important tasks emerge. Writing is thus perennially relegated to summer, potentially productive months but also when we’re most isolated from our colleagues.
If accountability, structure, and community sound like helpful writing assistants to you, join the ACS Summer Writing Accountability Group (WAG) Program. Participants will be placed into multi-institutional groups that serve as mutual accountability partners throughout the summer.
Rhythm of the WAG Program
The program begins with the development of a personal writing plan and a one-hour meeting of all participants (Thu, June 9, from 12:30-1:30pm EDT).
Throughout the summer, participants will meet with their accountability group for one hour each week to establish and celebrate specific milestones, track their progress, talk through moments of feeling stuck, share advice on all things writing, cultivate a writing practice they can live with, and (most importantly) get some writing done.
The program will end with a celebratory virtual gathering (Thu, July 28, 10-11am EDT).
Participants who complete the program will receive $500 stipends.
Who are the writers?
The 41 writers in the 2022 cohort are listed below, first by campus and then by group:
Who is the program facilitator?
Optional Resources & Opportunities