How a Writing Accountability Partner Can Positively Impact You

By Angelica Ribeiro, PhD

Do you have a writing accountability partner? If not, you should consider having one. A writing partner can help you more than simply holding you accountable for your writing. Here’s what they can also do.

According to Shawn Achor, author of Big Potential, not only are social connections the best predictor of happiness, but they are also one of the greatest predictors of success. One reason for that is the fact that social support can positively impact your perception of challenges.

Be Good to Yourself

By John Bond

We have all read the stories about mental health over the past few years, particularly in the wake of COVID (not that it is gone). Whether articles about depression, anxiety, loneliness, or other challenges, mental health has been elevated in our national discourse. Thankfully.

All of that being said, mental health can have an effect on your writing, in both directions. Lack of progress, a false start, a problematic co-author, or movement in the wrong direction can hit a writer hard. It can cause one to question the work they are doing, or just stop.

For Your Most Productive Writing Sessions, Nine Questions

By Noelle Sterne, PhD

When we’re in the middle of a writing project, scholarly or otherwise, it’s hard enough to start, much less continue. I’ve found that asking ourselves some important questions and acting on the answers helps us more easily sneak up on the current project and get started or continue, and even finish.

The questions and answers are completely between you and you, and you have the best and only answers. Whatever other advice you may have read or heard, or however loudly others swear theirs is the only way, it’s your own answers that matter.

Meet the Newest Member of Our Team

We are pleased to welcome Trisha Rulewicz as our new Membership Administrative Assistant. She joined the team on April 22. She has experience in the nonprofit, for-profit, and educational sectors, assisting in classrooms, providing administrative and human resource support, and event planning.

Trisha will maintain the TAA member database, assist members with their inquiries, and provide support to other TAA staff members.

She is excited to be part of TAA and support the needs of academic and textbook authors.

Generative AI from a Writing Coach’s Perspective

By Dave Harris

Following last week’s conversation circle, I was thinking about the fear that AI may take our jobs. Professionally, as a writing coach, this struck me because fear is one of the great dangers to a writer. Personally, however, I’m not interested in using AI as a tool because I have my own ideas to explore and writing, teaching, and research all help me develop those ideas. My internal curiosity won’t disappear if some AI takes my job, nor will my need to find good ways to occupy my time. For those reasons, I will continue my work as a writing coach, teacher, and researcher.

If you have fears about AI taking your job, I want to encourage you to keep writing, teaching, and researching because it’s worth it. It’s worth it to keep writing because:

XanEdu Offering April AI Webinar Series for First-Year Student Transition Community

XanEdu Publishing will be presenting a three-part series of webinars on April 15, 22, and 29 from 3-4 p.m. ET tailored to the first-year student transition community and their relationship with AI, led by Dr. Jean Mandernach, Executive Director for the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching.

The series will explore how to use AI to transform teaching and learning, how to foster student engagement, and introduce strategies to enhance studying through AI. Sessions include: