Fall 2019 Daily Writing Boot-camp
The secret to writing is writing.

The UF Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, University Writing Program, and George A. Smathers Libraries are committed to helping early career researchers reach their writing goals and develop sustainable writing habits to support career success. Thirty UF Postdocs are participating in the Fall 2019 pilot.

Fall 2019 Program Contract for Participants and Coaches

Download the Fall 2019 Program Contract for Participants and Coaches

Contracts must be signed and returned no later than September 12th. Signed contracts should be sent to LilyRLewis@ufl.edu


What to Expect

This program will help participants:

Get started -- or restarted -- on writing

Build a daily writing habit

Experiment with strategies, such as peer accountability, to overcome challenges to writing productivity

Participants in this program will:

Establish and share writing goals

Participate in a “Getting Started” workshop through the UF Writing Program

Commit to writing for 25 minutes / work-day (M-F) followed by 5 minutes contributing toward peer accountability in program Slack workspace (total: 30 minutes a day, M-F)

Receive feedback and encouragement from peers and coaches.

Learn strategies for effective peer review, and work a peer review partner

Minimum time commitment*

30 minutes a day, M-F

Getting Started workshop – 2 hrs; Tuesday afternoon, September 3rd

Essentials of Peer Review Workshop – Up to 4 hrs. Tuesday afternoon, September 24th

*If you are unable to meet these time commitments, but still want to begin employing peer accountability to achieve your writing goals, stay tuned for Fall 2019 Writing Place Retreats. Writing Place Retreats will provide a quite space to sit and write in the company of peers and will be open to all UF Postdocs.  Three Writing Place Retreats will be scheduled for Fall 2019. Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Program Schedule

Activities in addtion to daily writing: 

Week 0 – Aug. 26-30 Participation notifications sent 
Week 1 – Sept. 3-6

Postponed due to Hurricane Dorian

Please stay safe and remember that UF alerts may be found at https://www.ufl.edu/.

Week 2 – Sept. 10-13

Boot-camp Begins

Getting Started Workshop – with Dr. Mickey Schafer, UF Writing Program - Tuesday Sept. 10th 3PM - 5PM Reitz Union room 2335

Week 3 – Sept. 16-20

Writing Place Retreat 1 (optional, & open to all UF Postdocs) 

Monday, 9/16, 9AM - Noon, McKnight Brain Institute Auditorium (MBI - MBI LG 101A DeWeese)

Week 4 – Sept. 23-27

Essentials of Peer Review Workshop  – with Dr. Mickey Schafer, UF Writing Program

Matthews Suite, Reitz Union 4th Floor (next to the Arredondo Café)

Tuesday Sept. 24th, 2pm-4:30pm

Week 5 – Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 Just keep writing!
Week 6 – Oct. 7-11

Writing Place Retreat 2 (optional, & open to all UF Postdocs) 

Tuesday, 10/8, 2PM - 5PM, McKnight Brain Institute Auditorium (MBI - MBI LG 101A DeWeese)

Week 7 – Oct. 14-18 Just keep writing!
Week 8 – Oct. 21-25 Meet (in person or remote) with peer review partner
Week 9 – Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Boot-camp ends.

Writing Place Retreat 3 (optional, & open to all UF Postdocs) Register!

Wednesday, 10/30, 2PM - 5PM, McKnight Brain Institute Auditorium (MBI - MBI LG 101A DeWeese

Nov. 8th

Closing Reception for participants and their PI's - with Dr. Chris Hass, Assoc. Provost Faculty Affairs

3:30pm - 4:30pm, Matthews Suite of the Reitz Union


Meet the Coaches

Each participant in the writing program will receive daily feedback and encouragement from program coaches via the Slack workspace.

Mickey Schafer, PhD

Mickey Schafer, PhD

Coordinator, Writing in the Disciplines

Learn More about Dr. Schafer
Lily R. Lewis, PhD

Lily R. Lewis, PhD

Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Academic Communications

Learn More about Dr. Lewis
Cheryl Gater, DBA

Cheryl Gater, DBA

Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Program Oversight

Learn More about Dr. Gater
Hannah F. Norton, MS

Hannah F. Norton, MS

Chair, Health Science Center Library - Gainesville
Associate University Librarian

Learn More about Ms. Norton
Michele R. Tennant, PhD, MLIS, FMLA

Michele R. Tennant, PhD, MLIS, FMLA

University Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries
Program Director, Academic Research Consulting & Service (ARCS)

Learn More about Dr. Tennant
Mary E. Edwards, MLIS, EdD

Mary E. Edwards, MLIS, EdD

Associate University Librarian
Health Science Center Libraries

Learn More about Ms. Edwards

Program Presentations

Getting Started Workshop: 

Getting Started Workshop Slides - Mickey Schafer - Fall 2019

Video recording of Getting Started Workshop (links to YouTube)

Scheduling Writing Time - Worksheet - Getting Started Workshop

Peer Review Workshop

Peer Review Workshop Slides - Mickey Schafer - Fall 2019


Additional Opportunities to Help You Develop a Sustainable Writing Habit

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) has a Fall 2019 14-Day Writing Challenge, October 28th – November 10th, 2019. Registration for the Writing Challenge closes on Oct. 24th. In order to register for this free opportunity, you will need to claim your free NCFDD membership using your UF credentials. If you have already joined the NCFDD, you will simply need to login to your account and register. 

UF Postdoc Writing Places, which are part of the Daily Writing Bootcamp, will be open to all UF Postdocs. Writing Place sessions will provide a communal space with coffee and light snacks for writing alongside your peers. These sessions will not include instruction, but are for the purpose of creating a time and space where you can prioritize your writing over your other responsibilities to help you meet your writing goals. Please view the program schedule (above) for Writing Place dates and registration links.