when lucie moussu, director of the University of
Alberta’s Centre for Writers, hosted her school’s
first Long Night Against Procrastination in 2014,
she was blown away by the positive response.
The all-night writing and studying event, held
in the library, was designed to help students
confront daunting deadlines with the support
of one-on-one tutors, creative writing coaches
and learning strategists.
The “long night” concept, which began in
Germany in 2010, is catching on in North Amer-
ica. At least 16 universities in Canada coordinat-
ed the timing of the inaugural LNAP events in
2014. Since then, organizers at each university
have taken a more customized approach, adjust-
ing the dates and scope as required.
The second annual event at U of A, on Nov. 6,
attracted more than 500 participants and was
the culmination of eight months of planning.
Dr. Moussu scheduled non-stop stress-busting
Campuses join a global movement
to reimagine the all-nighter
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Crash pads for campus commuters
Cape Breton U gets its own wind farm
Campus Ici et là Here and there
activities (pet therapy sessions, tango lessons,
yoga) and productivity-inspiring workshops
along with peer and professional support services starting at 8 p.m. and continuing straight
through until breakfast.
However, despite it being one of the proud-est moments of her life, says Dr. Moussu, she’s
unlikely to do it again. She recently discovered
that several key administrators made the decision to no longer support the event. One associate dean criticized LNAP in an open letter for
“teaching bad habits” and “encouraging students
to binge-write.” She insists the opposite is true.
“Writing is too often associated with lonely suffering,” wrote Dr. Moussu in her final report on
the inaugural LNAP in 2014. “We want to teach
and promote healthy habits.” – shawna wagman
Writing centres offer students late-night writing and studying support
A tutor for U of A’s Centre for Writers works with
a student during the university’s second Long Night
Against Procrastination held last November.