The format for this writing group includes regularly, usually weekly meetings. For almost all of them, it's about 2 hours each week. The format is as follows:
Part of why this format and process so well is because everyone follows a strick timeframe (with a timer) and we don't go over for anyone:
ACCOUNTABILITY & CONSIDERATIONS
The other reason why this works so well is because you have to bring something every week. It doesn't have to be polished, it doesn't have to be perfect, but being forced to bring 2-3 pages every week is a pretty incredible form of accountablity. In doing so, and as you can read in the tributes that folx wrote for Mike, we finished dissertations, chapters, and even books, through this process. Every one of my articles that has been published, has had at least some part of it Mike Rose'd.
As a note with this, bringing 2-3 pages of work per week and reading it aloud is vulnerable. Sharing work and giving feedback is vulnerable, it's raw, it's hard. So in this, I'd also say that it takes time to Mike Rose with folx and to build out that type of rapport. What made Mike's process at UCLA so incredible, was how he was able to do that for each of the sections he taught (which were A LOT), and do it so quickly, so well, and in a way that made each of us feel seen.
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