Center for Teaching Excellence
Georgia Southern University

Writer’s Boot Camp

Writer’s Boot camp provides a dedicated time and space for writing. This is not a writing workshop. You don’t share your work. You get the work done. Throughout the year, we offer daylong Mini Camps and 3-4 day Extended Camps to help you stay on track with your writing goals.

*See below for registration instructions

Mini Camps

TBD9:15 am – 4:15 pm
  • 2029/ 2027 Cone Hall, Statesboro Campus AND
  • 207 Solms Hall, Armstrong Campus
TBD9:15 am – 4:15 pm
  • 2029/ 2027 Cone Hall, Statesboro Campus
TBD9:15 am – 4:15 pm
  • 2029/ 2027 Cone Hall, Statesboro Campus AND
  • 207 Solms Hall, Armstrong Campus
TBD9:15 am – 4:15 pm
  • 2029/ 2027 Cone Hall, Statesboro Campus

Mini Camps offer a way for faculty to dedicate time to writing on select days during the semester. Participants gather in a common space to work in timed 75-minute sessions on their writing and research. Each day includes four timed sessions; attendance is flexible. Participants are welcome to attend one  session, a few sessions or all sessions. The idea is that you come and go as your schedule allows, but that by attending you’re still able to get some focused time in on your writing.

Extended Camps

TBD9:15 am – 4:15 pm
  • 2029/ 2027 Cone Hall, Statesboro Campus AND
  • 207 Solms Hall, Armstrong Campus
TBD9:15 am – 4:15 pm
  • 2029/ 2027 Cone Hall, Statesboro Campus AND
  • 207 Solms Hall, Armstrong Campus
TBD9:15 am – 4:15 pm
  • 2029/ 2027 Cone Hall, Statesboro Campus AND
  • 207 Solms Hall, Armstrong Campus

Extended Writer’s Boot Camps take place during the week immediately following each finals week.  They offer faculty a way to get in extensive writing time without sacrificing their entire break. By attending the boot camp all day every day, you get a lot of writing done.  During the Extended Boot Camps participants are expected to attend all day every day. Acceptable absences include previously arranged commitments that cannot be changed and, of course, emergencies. Your presence is essential to the boot camp esprit de corps — the willingness of all participants to keep slogging away all day every day, not only to meet their own goals, but to inspire those sitting around them to keep going as well to the end of the session and to the end of the day for all four days.

Schedule

 Time         Activity
 9:15 – 9:30 a.m.     Arrive and set up
 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.     Writing session 1
 10:45 – 11:00 a.m.     Break
 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.     Writing session 2
 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.     Lunch
 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.     Writing session 3
 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.     Break
 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Writing session 4
 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.     Pack up and depart
 

Boot Camp Etiquette 

The boot camp atmosphere is not one of absolute silence, and you’re not locked in your chair, but participants are asked to adhere to the following in order to avoid distracting others from their work:
  • Don’t arrive late, especially on the first day or you’ll miss introductions.
  • If you need to arrive late or during a writing session, do your best to avoid creating a lot of noise setting up. If you know you’ll be particularly noisy setting up, work down the hall until the break and set up then.
  • If you know you will need to leave early one day, try to pack up all but the essentials during the break. That way you’ll make less noise when you need to go.
  • If you need to have a conversation with another participant, please either save it for break time or go into the hall.
  • Don’t be afraid to come and go. Just try to do so quietly. It’s perfectly okay to get up to visit the restroom, stretch, get a snack, refill your drink, or run to the stacks to grab a book.

Boot Camp Supply List

Here’s what to bring to boot camp:
  • You should definitely bring whatever paperwork, office supplies and reading you need to get your work done. The work space is locked after working hours, so it’s okay to leave all your materials overnight.
  • CTE has some laptops available for your use, but you’re welcome to bring your own if you prefer.
  • CTE provides coffee, tea and water and has mugs you can use, but if you like something specific (such as real creamer instead of powdered), you should bring your own.
  • If you like, bring a snack to share. When several people do this, we usually end up with a nice mix of salty vs. sweet and healthy vs. junk to fuel us through the sessions.
  • You’re on your own for lunch. Many brown bag it and gather together in CTE to eat, but it’s also okay to head out for a bite.

Graduate Writer’s Boot Camps are offered through a collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies and Georgia Southern Graduate Student Council. They offer graduate students a way to accomplish writing goals (i.e. work on degree thesis, course assignments, etc.). Participants gather in a common space to work in timed 75-minute sessions on their writing and research; by registering they commit to attending all sessions of the day. Please note: this is not a writing workshop. You will not receive instruction on how to improve your writing. You will have the opportunity to focus on getting your writing done.

For questions about Graduate Boot Camps, please contact coordinator Tamelonie Thomas at
tt03695@georgiasouthern.edu

*Registration Instructions for Faculty:

  1. Log in to the University Training Site with your Georgia Southern credentials.
  2. Log in as “Student” NOT “Instructor”.
  3. Locate the desired course or workshop that you would like to attend and click on the title.
  4. Click on the “Add to Cart” button. There is no fee attached to these workshops.
  5. Click on Checkout button.

If you have questions about registration, please contact Patricia Hendrix at 912.478.0049 or phendrix@georgiasouthern.edu.

Last updated: 11/12/2019

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