January 8, 2020

CILMAR offering writing group in spring

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) will be relaunching a writing group in Spring 2020.

The CILMAR writing group is an innovative combination of accountability tools and support, including weekly meetings, daily progress tracker, online peer support and interactive workshops. It is designed primarily for faculty and staff who focus on social scientific paper writing in intercultural learning and intercultural competence development to help develop productive writing habits. Doctoral students may also be eligible (contact Lan Jin at lanjin@purdue.edu for more information). Registration is open online.

Weekly meetings. The writing group members will meet weekly from 9 a.m. to noon on alternating Thursdays and Fridays. Each meeting consists of two segments. The first segment focuses on setting personal goals and group discussion. The second segment concentrates on individual writing in the same location, with refreshments provided. Each member also will receive constructive feedback from peers on individual drafts twice per semester. Weekly meetings will start from Jan. 24.

Daily progress tracker. This tool helps each member self-manage personal goals and establish a daily writing habit by tracking writing progress.

Online peer support. HubICL will function as a platform for online peer support. The group members will respond to questions and struggles posted on HubICL’s writing group community, providing comments and encouragement. This practice will help to build connection and a sense of belonging.

Interactive workshops. These are created to improve understanding and skills of writing social scientific papers in the field of intercultural learning.

Writing group participants are expected to:

  • Attend the three-hour meeting in person at least every other week.
  • Provide three hours (divided into two, one and half hour sessions) of feedback to peers in person per semester.
  • Be on call every other week to provide feedback to peers online.
  • Set clear individual goals for each meeting.
  • Stick to writing goals, not other professional goals.

For more information, contact Lan Jin, intercultural research specialist of CILMAR, at lanjin@purdue.edu.


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