focus fridays

Get your writing done with joy and ease in our delightful faculty community.

What if writing were easy, not exhausting?

Imagine...

  • Finally checking off writing tasks that have languished on your to-do list for years.
  • Having work-free weekends without constant worry about what writing didn't get done.
  • Experiencing satisfaction and connection (instead of frustration and isolation) while writing.

All of this (and more) is possible with the right structure and support.

INTRODUCING...

A 10-week group coaching and writing community with everything you need to

write more

work less

plan better

find calm

while discovering how to...

  • Banish imposter syndrome from you headspace
  • Harness your elusive focus so you can stay on track
  • Set strong boundaries around your precious time

BEST OF ALL...

you'll experience belonging in our inclusive faculty community.

The laughs, support, chair dancing, and spontaneous cheers to celebrate wins are Focus Fridays' secret sauce - what makes it a wonderful place to write, even if you're an introvert 😊

And all you need to see BIG results is show up to our co-write sessions with your work.

That's it!

🚫 No online courses to watch 
🚫 No extra meetings to attend
🚫 No FB group to keep up with

Okay, okay, you do need to complete some pre-session exercises. But they only take 10 minutes. Pinky swear.

 "Focus Fridays have transformed the way I approach the end of the week--rather than dread about "running out of time," I feel cared for, supported, and productive as we learn to set reasonable goals and celebrate every step forward.

Rebecca Davis, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Delaware

Exactly what you get in this 10-week program...

  • Start Strong Retreat where you'll create space in your cramped schedule for writing and wellness
  • Coach-facilitated Focus Friday sessions that bring massive momentum to your writing process 
  • Mini-workshops during Friday sessions that offer powerful strategies for working and being well in the academy
  • Real-time group coaching to help you find and maintain your writing rhythm
  • A delightful community of diverse faculty who support each other

Plus these EXTRAS...

  • Wednesday Writing Sessions ($397 value)
Additional co-writing sessions on Wednesdays that offer extra support in between Focus Fridays.
  • Goal-Setting Workbook + Planner ($100 value)
The perfect tools for working smarter while establishing habits that support your relationships, health, and happiness. [Delivered via instant download.]

Get all this goodness for $797 $697.

$100 early bird savings ends December 15.

If your institution requires an invoice for payment, click here instead.

Spring Program: Jan 27 - March 31

Start Strong Retreat - Jan 27, 12:00 to 2:30 PM ET

Focus Friday sessions - 12:00 to 2:30 PM ET, starting Feb 3

Bonus Wednesday sessions - 12:00 to 2:00 PM ET, starting Feb 8

 "Focus Fridays not only provided tips and skills needed to overcome my internal barriers to doing work, the fun and supportive atmosphere also led me to enjoy working!

Jen Honculada Martinez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Suffolk University

Meet Roxanne, your coach

Psychologist. Full Professor. WellAcademic Owner.

I know faculty who pound out article after article, grant after grant without breaking a sweat.

Focus Fridays isn't for them. It's for the rest of us.

People like you and me who struggle mightily to write because we must use precious creative energy

  • Managing outsized caregiving, service, and teaching obligations.
  • Resisting messages that tell us our work isn't good enough.

You are my people - exactly who I designed Focus Fridays for.

Because you deserve a space where writing isn't a slog...a space where you can show up just as you are and experience real progress and belonging.

And the community works!

Since launching in 2020, Focus Fridays has helped over 100 faculty crush their writing goals while finding joy and connection along the way.

Don't go it alone. We're here for you!

HOW FOCUS FRIDAYS WORK.

The breakdown!

START STRONG RETREAT

Design a success plan around what matters most to you using WellAcademic's signature SOS framework and planner.

WEEKLY PREP

Complete quick workbook exercises that help harness your focus and ignite your motivation so you do your best work.

WEEKLY FOCUS FRIDAY SESSIONS

Get more writing done than you EVER thought possible while having fun and developing healthy work-life practices.

SAMPLE SESSION SCHEDULE

  • 12:00 - 12:20: Welcome + Mini-Workshop
  • 12:20 - 02:20: Work + Group Check-Ins
  • 02:20 - 02:30: Q&A/Wrap-Up

 "Focus Fridays was a game-changer. I learned how to apply tools that make preparation and organization something achievable and real. I cannot recommend enough Focus Fridays and Roxanne's incredible guidance and spirit.

Lee Douglas, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, NOVA University Lisbon

What previous participants report...

Improved goal setting

Improved goal achievement

Experienced a sense of community

Better address imposter syndrome and perfectionism

4.9/5.0
Overall Experience

I knew what I needed to do, and Focus Friday helped [me] implement the strategies to get things done.

Tara Mehta, PhD

Associate Professor

I loved the energy of the sessions and it helped me focus each week in a way that felt supportive and fun.

Ching-In Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor

...the most empowering, energizing, and rewarding professional development program that I know.

Miki Hirayama, PhD

Associate Professor

 "Having tried lots of different writing accountability groups and programs, I have never fallen into such a quick, supportive writing rhythm with a community of scholars whose company I look forward to each Friday.

Stephanie Sadre-Orafai, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Need some peace of mind?

I know Focus Fridays will work for you. But if you're not 100% satisfied with the program, email me before the start of the third Focus Friday session for a full refund. No questions asked.

That gives you over three weeks to check out the program, experience the retreat + sessions, and connect with the community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course! Just click here to go to our invoice registration page. Once you submit the form, an invoice will be sent within 15 minutes.

Please note that your registration is not complete until payment is delivered. 

I see you. And I understand the need for spaces where you can show up just as you are.

Focus Fridays is that space. As in the general WellAcademic community, the majority of Focus Friday participants are women of color.

Also, I'm a woman of color (Black, Asian, & White) whose work centers positionality, power, and privilege, which is evident in my coaching and scholarship.

Focus Fridays are most applicable to faculty and post-docs.

That said, others who think they would benefit from the program are welcome.

Most complete scholarly writing projects (e.g., book proposals, grants, articles).

Others use the time to complete important professional tasks, such as preparing a P&T portfolio.

Absolutely! I know it's counterintuitive, but intense focus for short bursts with breaks in between - how Focus Fridays are set up - results in greater progress than long periods of distracted work.

Focus Fridays also has other factors shown to improve motivation and performance such as accountability, coaching, a fun atmosphere, and social support.

As a bonus, completing tasks you've had difficulty facing will raise your confidence and reduce any shame or guilt you've been carrying. 

I hear you. I'm a closet introvert, so I would never set something up that's awkward for folx like you and me.

That's why the check-ins are short, about 5 minutes, with just 3-4 participants. I also provide EXACTLY what you need to share.

This means there's no time to get nervous and no one is searching for conversation fillers. Phew!

No. What makes Focus Fridays special is that it's live. You can't replicate the real-time accountability and support in a recording. 

Yes. Faculty from a variety of ranks participate in Focus Fridays. In fact, 46% of our last cohort were Associate Professors.

Not at all. I get that you're really busy. That's why most of the work happens in our sessions. You'll need just 10 minutes for the prep and reflection exercises. That's it.

Access is important to me, which is why I offer a limited number of grants to WellAcademic community members who would benefit from the program but need help covering the cost.

These grants are on a first-come, first-served basis. Because I'm only able to offer a few and don't ask for proof of need, please don't seek a grant if you have the means to pay for the program without this assistance.

For more information, please email me at roxanne@wellacademic.com.

Still have Q's? Not sure you're a good fit?

I'm here for you. Just send me a message and let me know how I can help. I typically respond in one business day.