Writing Hours and Retreats

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 during the semester, 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.

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 weekly Writing Hours that all faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited to attend. 

Due to popular demand, Writing Hours will carry on throughout the summer of 2021. You can schedule regular weekly time to write on your own, or virtually with others, on Thursdays, 1:00PM–4:00PM and Fridays, 8:30AM–12:00PM

Summer Writing Hours

Here's how to participate:

  • On Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings, sign in with this Google Sheet and state your goal.
  • If you want to write with others, you can open or join the Google Meet virtual room via the link in the Google Sheet. Please turn off your audio and introduce yourself to others using the chat. It's up to you whether you'd like to have your video on or off.
  • Come and go as you like. When you do finish up for the day, update your accomplishments on the Google Sheet.
  • If you need any assistance, contact the HCWE staff member listed at the top of the Google Sheet. Please note: a response may take some time.

Beyond the synchronous approach outlined above,  you might also engage with Writing Hours on an asynchronous basis. Add your name and writing goals to the Google Sheet at any time during the week as a means for accountability. Better yet, invite some colleagues and write together in the Google Meet room on a regular basis. Anyone with a Miami e-mail address can host the room. Regular writing time, especially with other people, is a proven method to make progress and finish projects.