Writing Co-op (Put Words in the Bucket!)
"Just put words in the bucket," and "All good writing comes from bad writing." Wise and pithy advice from Professor Susan Felch, Director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, and the driving force behind the Writing Co-op. The CCCS in cooperation with other Centers and Institutes and the Provost’s Office funds the Writing Co-op; its aim is to provide college faculty with a protected space in which to advance or complete a personal writing project. Faculty may apply each year by April 15. Once accepted they must plan to spend an entire week in the library from 8:45 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. writing and revising. Opportunities to work with an editor may also be provided.
Professor Jason VanHorn netted a spot in 2015 when the Writing Co-op was getting off to a start. VanHorn has found the project's emphasis on "just writing" to be extremely beneficial. He typically edits while he writes, which means he needs large blocks of uninterrupted time. The Writing Co-op agreement stipulates that participants may not do editing, reading, researching, or anything else that might get in the way of simply writing (including disconnecting themselves from technology!) Most participants find this very freeing.