Photo of crosswalk at empty section of Spring Street at the heart of campus. Above crosswalk block text reads "The Writer's Pause."

Welcome!

Each Spring, our “Writer's Progress” event brings together faculty and graduate students who have participated in our programs to celebrate the end of another academic year and reflect on the work we've done.

For this year’s edition we’re embracing the idea of a “Writer's Pause. Rather than think too much about “progress,” let’s instead hit pause and take stock of how we’ve managed through a year of pandemic as writers, as teachers, and as people.

Those who’ve joined us in King Library for past "Writer's Progress" events know it’s a social, and fun, occasion. We hope this interactive webpage can recapture some of the old in-person dynamic.

Using the message boards below, celebrate your self-care practices and writing from this year, pay a visit to the virtual Write-A-Saur Park (If you don’t know what write-a-saurs are, you’re in for a treat), comment on and “like” the content other people share, and sign up for Fall 2021 events.

Participate and win a Howe gift bag!

Those who join us in this year's virtual "Writers' Pause" will earn a Howe gift bag complete with essential items for any writer. To qualify, we ask that you contribute in three ways:

  • Step 1: Create an original post in either the "Celebrating Self-Care & Writing" or "Write-A-Saur Park" message boards below.
  • Step 2: "Like" and respond to at least one post that isn't your own. 
  • Step 3:  Use the form at the bottom of the page to tell us what Fall 2021 events you'd be interested in attending.

We'll track your participation through these steps. If you have a Padlet user account, then your name will appear with your post. If you don't have a Padlet user account, please add your name (first and last) to the end of any post or comment you make. When you complete all the steps, we'll reach out to coordinate how to get a gift bag to you. 



Celebrating Self-Care & Writing

We’ve given a lot of focus to self-care this Spring, including through our Chair Yoga for Writers sessions and our “Self-care in Times of Stress” workshop series that focused on helping participants understand how your body responds to stress and learn self-care practices that encourage concentration, creativity, and resilience.

Self-care is always important for us as writers and teachers, and as people. That's especially true in times like these. For this “Writer's Pause,” we want to celebrate all the ways the Miami writing community has persevered by prioritizing self-care.

Please add an entry below under the self-care focused question(s) that most pique your interest. You can do so by hitting the "+" button beneath a column. Just a short note will do! You can also “like” or respond to posts besides your own.

If you don't have a Padlet user account, please also add your name (first and last) to the end of any post or comment you make.

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Write-a-saur Park

Write-a-saurs may appear, ostensibly, to be just bedazzled dinosaur figurines. But anyone who’s won a write-a-saur at a past “Writer's Progress” event and taken it in as their own knows better. Write-a-saurs are our trusted writing companions. They rest mystically on our desks, balancing pomp and flare with utter stoicism.

If you won a write-a-saur at a previous “Writer's Progress,” click the "+" button at the bottom right of the board to post a photo of your write-a-saur. Let us know how they’ve been getting by through the pandemic, too. If write-a-saurs are new to you, use one of these coloring book pages to create your own, then take a photo and upload it below. Be sure to give your write-a-saur a name and a background story!

If you don't have a Padlet user account, please also add your name (first and last) to the end of any post or comment you make.

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Tell Us What Fall 2021 Events Interest You

Plans are already taking shape for the series of workshops and events we’ll offer in Fall 2021. We expect to be back in-person with you all at the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.

Using the form below, please check any and all events that you’d anticipate attending. We appreciate your input, which will help us gauge collective interest on the topics we intend to cover. By signing up here, you’ll also be among the first to receive an official invite to events. We’ll send those invites out later on in the summer, near the start of the Fall semester.



We Can't Wait to be with You in Person Again!

Since we couldn't stage this end-of-year celebration in-person, we're planning a "Welcome Back" brunch for the Miami writing community in September. Look for an invitation on that later this summer. 

For now, we hope these photos from past "Writer's Progress" events provide some good feelings of times without social distancing. May we find ourselves in each other's company again soon. 

4 event participants hold up their writing process maps. 4 event participants hold up their writing process maps.
Whiteboard with post-it notes. Whiteboard with post-it notes.
Participants craft at table. Participants craft at table.
Participants craft at table. Participants craft at table.
Students participate in Writer's Progress. Students participate in Writer's Progress.
 3 faculty members seated in the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.  3 faculty members seated in the Howe Center for Writing Excellence.
 Two participants work on task together.  Two participants work on task together.
 Close-up of a writer's progress map.  Close-up of a writer's progress map.
 Participants craft at table.  Participants craft at table.