Your Academic Writing Superpowers

Are you tired of hearing what’s wrong with you?

Are you tired of wondering why writing advice doesn’t work for you?

Don’t assume something is wrong with you if your writing process isn’t working!

You have a unique set of superpowers that can be applied to your writing.

What: Supercharge Your Writing—An asynchronous, introvert-friendly group coaching program

Who: A group of four scholars + Rose

Where: Marco Polo video app 
Note: if you’re hesitant about using video, consider this participant’s thoughts: “I don’t love the video and, as you know, I’m super self-conscious . . . so at the beginning, I hated the videos, but then I started loving seeing the friendly faces of [the other participants], and I already miss them!

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (at your convenience) for 8 weeks

Sundays: I debrief and reflect on each person’s week and then provide the framework for the following week.

Mondays: Each writer lays out their writing goals for the week and responds to my question/direction for the week, usually based around their Strengths.

Wednesdays: Each writer checks in briefly.

Fridays: Each writer has a slightly longer, reflective check-in on Fridays.
The format may be tweaked a bit based on feedback, but it will be mostly the same.

Why this works:

1. You feel supported in gaining or maintaining writing momentum.

2. The check-ins are more honest and real than written ones where there’s a tendency to (a) have it feel like another writing task on your to-do list, and (b) filter what’s really going on in your (writing) life.

3. You save time: we don’t have to find a time that works for everyone to meet every week.

4. You can listen to everyone’s videos when you’re doing other things like the laundry.

5. You don’t have to respond to everyone all the time! It’s a plus if you cheer each other on, but that’s my job as the coach.

6. You learn a great deal by hearing about other people’s strengths in their check-ins and how they use them (the contrast can sometimes be even more helpful in understanding what gives you energy).

Here’s what a participant in the beta group had to say:

“I love accountability structures and I feel very isolated in my work environment, so having someone who cheers for me is immensely helpful. Also, the checks-in compel me to stop and think about what I have to do, what I have accomplished–which counters that feeling of being overwhelmed and pulled in many different directions all the time. In other words, they ground me. Plus I learned a lot about myself from Rose. I like that! [I gained a sense of] grounding, connectedness, lightness.”

I’ll coach the group for as long as they’d like to stay together, but we’ll make 8-week commitments at a time so people can leave if they feel moved to do so.

The 8-week program is $250. If you haven’t taken your CliftonStrengths® assessment, that’s an additional one-time $48.

I will offer a personalized video with an overview of your individual strengths report at the beginning of the program.

I have 4 slots available for April 18th-June 13th session.

Email me by April 5th if you’d like to join!


Q: What’s the difference between a strength and a superpower?
A: “Strength” is the official language Gallup uses to describe what happens when you hone your natural talents by learning about and practicing them. While I often use the two terms interchangeably, superpower evokes something special that very few others possess. It’s much more delicious, too.

Q: Why should I bother with the assessment? Isn’t it a standardized test?
A: You can read all about the test design here. As with all tests, the problem with it is how you use it, not necessarily the test itself. We each have unique gifts and talents that we often cannot see ourselves—they only become obvious when you find out that others do not have them. Once you realize you have this superpower, you can embrace it and embrace your unique writing process. Your writing process can then become more enjoyable because you’re no longer working against yourself.

Q: What do you bring as the facilitator?
A: I’m an academic and fiction writer and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. As someone high in Individualization, I love focusing on what makes people tick! As a former chair and professor, I love the chance to focus on how professors can grow, rather than on whether they published a gazillion articles last year.

Q: Why do you want my top 10 strengths? I thought we’d only use the top 5.
A: A Gallup trainer described using your top 5 strengths as akin to building a house with one hand behind your back. You can do it, but it would be a lot easier with two hands. I find that the complete picture of your superpowers emerges when you look at your top 10, or even your top 15.

Q: What are your strengths?
A: Thanks for asking! Here are my top 10 in order: Achiever | Connectedness | Relator | Learner | Individualization | Empathy | Developer | Intellection | Discipline | Positivity.