Fall 2020 UF Postdoc Writing Program
The secret to writing is writing.

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

Participants: Sign the Program Contract by Sept. 25th

What to Expect

This program will help participants:

Get started -- or restarted -- on your writing

Build your daily writing habit

Experiment with strategies to overcome challenges to your writing productivity, including peer accountability

Develop your peer review skills

Stay on track with your fall writing goals

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 the programs Teams workspace (total: 30 minutes a day, M-F)

Receive feedback and encouragement from peers and coaches

Participate in "Essentials of Peer Review" workshop to Learn strategies for effective peer review

Work a peer review partner

Have the opportunity to participate in virtual writing retreats throughout the fall 2020 semester

Minimum time commitment*

30 minutes a day, M-F

Vitural Getting Started workshop – 2 hrs; Thursday Sept. 24th, 2pm – 4pm

Virtual Essentials of Peer Review Workshop – Thursday Oct. 22nd, 2pm – 4pm

*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 2020 Virtual Writing Retreats. Writing Retreats will provide a structure and peer accountability to help you reach your writing goals. Retreats will be open to all UF Postdocs. The NCFDD 14 Day writing program is another great option if you cannot meet the time commitments. 

Program Schedule

Week 0 – Sept 24 & 25

Getting started workshop Thursday Sept. 24th, 2pm – 4pm (participation is mandatory).

Contracts turned in with supervisor signature.

Establish preferred dates for writing retreats.

Week 1 – – Sept 28 – Oct. 2

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-F; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Teams group.

Week 2 – Oct. 5-9

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-F; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Teams group. 

Week 3 – Oct. 12-16

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-F; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Teams group.

Week 4 – Oct. 19-23

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-F; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Slack group.

Essentials of Peer Review Workshop Thursday Oct. 22nd, 2pm – 4pm (participation is mandatory).

Peer review partners assigned.

Inclusive, Constructive, and Professional Reviewer Pact.

Week 5 – Oct. 26-30

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-F; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Teams group.

Week 6 – Nov. 2-6

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-F; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Teams group.

Coordinate a virtual meeting with peer review partner.

Week 7 – Nov. 9-13

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-F; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Teams group.

Week 8 – Nov. 16-20

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-F; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Teams group.

Week 9 – Nov. 23-24

Write on! 25 minutes a day writing, M-T; 5 minutes a day providing feedback to peers via your Teams group.

Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25-27 - Take some time to re-charge

Complete Exit Survey

Week 10 – Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Virtual Closing Reception & Recognition – invite your PI! Details TBA. 

The virtual writing retreat schedule will be determined based on participant preferences, but will be open to all UF postdocs. The writing retreat schedule will be added during week 2 of the writing program. 


Meet the Coaches

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

Mickey Schafer, Ph.D.

Mickey Schafer, Ph.D.

Master Lecturer, Writing in the Disciplines and Outreach Coordinator, University Writing Program

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Lily R. Lewis, PhD

Lily R. Lewis, PhD

Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Academic Communications

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Patti McCall Wright, MA, MLS

Patti McCall Wright, MA, MLS

Systematic Review Librarian, Health Sciences Center Library

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Hannah F. Norton, MS

Hannah F. Norton, MS

Chair, Health Science Center Library - Gainesville
Associate University Librarian

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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)

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Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, PhD

Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, PhD

Director of the Medical Humanities Program

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Lijun (Angelia) Chen, PhD

Lijun (Angelia) Chen, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate, UF Department of Food and Resource Economics

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Chelsea Johnston

Chelsea Johnston

Scholarly Publishing & Repository Librarian, George A. Smathers Libraries

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