How to set up a writing group
Interested in starting a SUAW writing group? Some tips are outlined below.
The Learning Centre recommends HDR writers form groups of 3 to 5 to meet on a regular basis. The idea is that you ‘shut up and write’ for an hour.
- Try to meet weekly at least for 1 to 2 hrs of silent writing time.
- Bring your writing equipment: laptop, tablet, ipad, pen and paper - whatever will help you be productive.
- Begin with a few minutes of hellos and setting up, then start work.
- Appoint someone to be time-keeper. Take turns doing this and nominate a different person each week.
- Turn OFF your phone, email, social media and anything else that will distract you. If you can't turn off your devices, set them to 'silent' and leave them in your bag.
- Start writing in silence and stop 25 minutes later for a 10-15 min break.
- Then continue writing for another 25 minutes.
- After the first hour, if you want to keep writing then continue.
- Finish your writing time by noting down thoughts about what to deal with in your next writing session
Where to meet?
Choose a warm, dry place where you can sit in comfort and without too many distrations:
- The UNSW Library Postgraduate Lounge on Level 4 has group study rooms that you can book during Library opening hours. Log in to Room bookings to book a Group study room. Study desks, computers and printers are available.
- The ARC postgraduate lounge has study rooms that members can book.
- One of the cafes on campus. Bar Navitas has booth seating for 4 to 6 people with power points. (‘Bar Navitas’ ground floor, Tyree Energy Technologies Building (Lower campus, just near Anzac Parade). See H6 on the map: http://fmtoolbox.unsw.edu.au/comms/KensingtonCampus.pdf)