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Fall 2020 TAA Writing Gym receives high marks

Thirty-five authors participated in TAA’s six-week Fall 2020 Writing Gym, which was held October 5-November 16. The gym included templates for tracking writing time and developing a six-week workout plan, a TAA Writing Gym-branded writing journal, weekly inspirational emails, 6 on-demand writing classes, several writing stations that allowed participants to target specific writing areas, and a Facebook Group for networking with other gym members.

In a survey sent out after the close of the fall gym, the majority of respondents gave the gym 5 stars. “The weekly writing classes and blog articles in the Writing Gym were very helpful, especially those about time management, managing multiple projects, and revising,” said participant Andrew Reyes. Participant Su-Jin Jung said: “I appreciate your support of my writing. I got lots of writing done during 6 weeks.”

Fall 2020 Writing Gym participant Byung Seo’s Week 4 Weekly Success Tracker.

Several participants used the Weekly Success Tracker to track their writing time and submitted them for weekly drawings for a $20 Amazon Gift Card. Participant Byung Seo said when sending her Week 4 Tracker: “As you can see, I finished a huge goal of mine. For me, the first draft is the most difficult. Revising and editing are much easier for me.”

Another participant, Krystal Williams, in submitting her Weekly Success Tracker on Week 2, said: “It’s great to see my productivity!”

Several respondents said they plan to continue using the Time Tracking Template, the Workout Plan, and the Writing Journal beyond the six weeks.

Participant Krystal Williams' Week 2 Weekly Success Tracker.
Participant Krystal Williams’ Week 2 Weekly Success Tracker.

Thank you to all of the gym members who took the time to respond to the survey. We will be using your feedback to improve future writing gyms.