In line with research that established best practices for academic writing productivity, DDGC piloted a virtual writing support group Summer 2018. The goal of the group was to organize a forum in which folx working in German Studies (and sibling disciplines) can support one another's research, share writing tips, discuss pitfalls, and thereby stimulate scholarly productivity. The setup was simple with the aim of producing big results: group members checked in twice each week (beginning and end of week). During the first check in, members articulate clear and measurable writing goals. During the second check in, members confirm if they met the goal, what went well, and what they hope to improve the following week.
Because the pilot group was a great success, we are launching a regular writing support group, which will be held each semester. The next group is forming for Fall 2018. If you'd like to be part of the group, send an email to me (ervin.malakaj[at]ubc.ca) and I will be sure to send you instructions on how to join our digital platform (we use Slack to check in with the group). The dates for the group are Aug 29–Dec 3, 2018 (15 weeks).