Open Writing Hours

We know that writing is difficult. It's not natural, but a skill we develop across time and with practice. We also know that writing is social. For these reasons, we are glad to host open Writing Hours twice a week, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. All faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend

Writing Hours will happen virtually every Thursday, 12:30PM—4:00PM, and every Friday, 8:30AM—12:00PM. You can drop in when it's convenient for you and come and go as you like. Our hope is that these sessions provide that extra bit of motivation and camaraderie you need to keep your writing and research projects going.

Writing is not natural. It takes time and effort to do well. It's also social, and affective. So, pandemic conditions are obviously not all that conducive to writing. We are drained. We're being kept apart physically. We are overtaxed.

The Howe Center for Writing Excellence is here to help you keep writing through these times with the Commit To A Writing Community challenge. The terms of the challenge are simple. Attend Writing Hours for 5 consecutive weeks, either via our Thursday afternoon or Friday morning sessions. Don't worry, we'll keep track of your visits.

By taking on this challenge, you'll be committing to your own work and also cultivating community by consistently writing (virtually) with others. Those who complete the challenge will be interviewed about their writing project and featured on the @HCWEMiami Twitter feed (if they choose).

Here's how to participate:

  • Sign in with this Google Sheet and state your goal.
  • When you've finished for the day, return to the spreadsheet and log what you accomplished. 
  • Optionally, celebrate yourself by posting on social media! (include our tag @HCWEMiami)

If you'd like to join others via video and/or chat, click on the meeting link in the Google Sheet (in the yellow highlighted cell toward the top) to start or join the meeting.

Here's how to participate in the Commit To A Writing Community Challenge:

Stop by Writing Hours virtually on Thursday, 1:00PM—4:30PM or Friday, 8:30AM—12:00PM. To be counted in the challenge, you need to join us in our Google Meet room, introduce yourself in the chat and state your goal or what you're working on. We encourage you to stay with us while you write (you can turn off video), though it's not required after letting us know you're here.

Join us with these simple steps: 

  • Sign in with this Google Sheet.
  • Join the Google Meet room by clicking the link in the yellow highlighted cell toward the top of the Sheet.
  • Say hello to your writing community, share your writing goal for the session (also log that in the Google Sheet), and then get writing!
  • When you've finished for the day, let everyone in the Google Meet room know what you accomplished (also log it in the Google Sheet before signing off)
  • Optionally, celebrate yourself by posting on social media! (include our tag @HCWEMiami)