The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 8th, 2015
It’s summertime, when scholars dream of doing all the writing they
didn’t find time for during the academic year. But some have found a
year-round, low-budget solution to the academic writer’s time crunch:
Schedule a meeting.
Although meetings often deserve their reputation as gatherings where
productivity goes to die, there’s one that Virginia Matzek, an assistant
professor of environmental studies and sciences at Santa Clara
University, looks forward to: the get-together of her faculty writing
Its name — "Shut Up and Write" — sums up its approach. No idle
chatter, no workshopping manuscripts, no wasting time, just a bunch of
people from different departments and disciplines who all need to log
some writing hours. "You’re going to put your head down and get work
done," says Ms. Matzek, who will go up for tenure next year.