About The Writing Co-op

The Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, in cooperation with other Centers and Institutes and the Provost’s Office, funds an annual 5-day Writing Co-op each June to provide Calvin College faculty with a protected space in which to advance or complete a specific writing project.

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Applicants must have begun writing the project on which they plan to work for the week and should propose a discrete project. They should expect to make substantial progress toward completing this project over the course of 5 days. Please note that conference papers and entire book projects are not eligible, although revision of conference papers for publication and book chapters, as well as other forms of writing, are welcome. “Writing” may be understood to include music, code, and other media, as well as words.

Collaborative as well as single-authored applications are welcome.

Expectations

Participants must agree to engage fully with the program from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, including working in the Hekman Library sans email and other electronic distractions and participating in the communal lunches and conversations. They should not schedule any other commitments or visit their offices during the program hours. Participants are expected to spend the vast majority of their time actually writing and revising, not reading or preparing to write, although opportunities for brainstorming and working with an editor will be made available.

Upon successful completion of the Writing Co-op Week, participants will receive a $500.00 stipend.

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The deadline for submission is March 27 @ 5:00 p.m.

Participants will be informed of their acceptance by May 1. For questions, please contact the director of the CCCS, Professor Susan Felch, well in advance of the deadline.

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Department Chair Endorsement Form

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the online chair endorsement form is submitted by his or her department chair (or, in special circumstances, the academic dean) by March 27.

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200-300 word Project Description in PDF Format

The project description should include the following

  1. Description of the project
  2. Proposed publication venue
  3. Proposed completion date
  4. Current word-count and projected final word-count for the project
  5. Proposed daily writing goals (assessed in terms of word-counts, revisions, or any other reasonable metrics)

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2-10 First Fruits Pages

Upload up to 10 pages of writing that represents the first fruits of your project. This may be as sketchy as a narrative outline or as developed as a complete draft.

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Curriculum Vita

Upload a 2 page CV that highlights conference presentations and publications.

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Online Application

Complete the online application by 5:00 pm on March 27.

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Concluding Report and Responsibilities

Each Writing Co-op Recipient must complete a 200-400 word report at the conclusion of the funding period in order to receive the stipend. All products that result from the CCCS Writing Co-op should acknowledge the support of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship for the project.