Writing productivity

Dr. Michael Rifenburg
Department of English
CTLL Faculty Fellow for Scholarly Writing

A comfort

"Productive writers don't have special gifts or special traits--they just spend their time writing and use this time for efficiently"

"Writing productivity is about actions that you aren't doing but could easily do"

--from How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Academic Writing.  Paul Silva, 2007.


  • Positive
  • Viewing yourself as a writer
  • Part of longer conversation
  • P & T guidelines

What do we know?

Among faculty at Bacc. institutions....

17.2 % have not published a journal article 

63.2% have not published a book

16.7% spend 0 hours a week on writing & scholarship

32.8% spend 1-4 hours 

the answer...

Writing productivity comes down to





  • Making a schedule
  • Setting clear goals
  • Keeping track of your work
  • Rewarding yourself

--from How to Write A Lot: A Practical Guide to Academic Writing. Paul Silva, 2007.

All supported by a writing group.


30 minutes a day
4.5 days a week
180 pages of revised writing annually

--from Dr. Tara Gray, 
Director of Teaching Academy, New Mexico St.

My Writing Space & Time


Writing Groups
Shut Up & Write
Pomodoro Technique

Structured or unstructured / F2F or remote, the goal =
sharing drafts
creating / connecting / cultivating


Belcher, W.L. (2009). Writing your journal article in 12 weeks.

Boice, R. (1990). Professors as writers: A self-help guide to productive writing.

Germano, W. (2005). From dissertation to book.

Germano, W. (2012). Getting it published.

Hayot, W. (2014). The elements of academic style.

Next year

Write Now Academy, hosted by Write@UNG initiative of CTLL

12 week program.

Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks.

In-person once a month; accountability updates weekly


Diana Edelman

English Department


Fridays 1-5, GVL

Writing Groups

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