Literature in Development
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The Literature Committee has been steadily working on the newest sections of our COSA basic text. This book will be a valuable resource for all, including newcomers. It will offer insights into the COSA Steps, Traditions, and Concepts, and will include a variety of tools and also COSA stories illustrating the miracles of recovery. In order to ensure the book accurately reflects the diversity of COSA perspectives, as well as our common understanding of the COSA program, we present draft chapters to the fellowship for feedback.
The Committee has taken on a rather rigorous schedule with the goal of completing the book by 2024. The book has been in process for nearly a decade and no new literature is to be written until the basic text is completed.
The process for chapter approvals is a long one in order to include your input and feedback. We are asking for your thoughts as we begin writing the next chapters. If you’ve had an opportunity to do Step, Tradition, or Concept work, we would love to hear from you! We also have some chapters on various COSA tools.
The Literature Committee requests your feedback on the draft chapters presented to the Fellowship. Please read through each draft and send us your comments and suggestions. It may also be supportive and helpful to review it with your meeting or group. We will consider all feedback received and final editing decisions will be made by the Literature Committee. Written feedback guidelines are included below. Utilizing these feedback guidelines will allow us to apply the feedback received in an efficient manner.
FINAL DRAFTS AVAILABLE:
All final drafts are provided around May 1, just in time for the 30-day required time for the delegates. Click on link and scroll down to bottom left: https://cosa-recovery.org/conventions/annual-delegate-meeting/
Please contact us if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For reference on feedback on future drafts see guidelines.
New survey is now closed:
Scroll to the bottom of this page for information on our book title and the next Literature Committee project(s).
After the Literature Committee complies the surveys, drafts will be created by the Literature Committee which will be posted for review. Notifications will be sent out when the drafts become available. Please read through each draft and send us your comments and suggestions. It may also be supportive and helpful to review it with your meeting or group! We will consider all feedback received and final editing decisions will be made by the Literature Committee. We have included feedback guidelines below. Utilizing these feedback guidelines will allow us to apply the feedback received in an efficient manner.
After the feedback has been applied to these drafts, final revised versions will be posted on the COSA website for all fellowship members and delegates to review. These proposed chapters will then be voted on for approval by the delegates at the 2023 Annual Delegate Meeting.
- Feedback or questions can be submitted to email@example.com
- Please try to get your feedback in as early as possible. You can submit feedback on one or a few chapters when you have it, and then later submit the rest. It helps us when feedback comes in at a steady rate instead of all at the end. If you can send some in one or two months before the deadline, that helps a lot. Even one week before the deadline is helpful.
- We are so grateful for your collaboration as we work on making sure everyone’s voice is heard in the process of writing COSA’s basic text.
- Please communicate your thoughts in a respectful manner.
- Please reference a page and line number for each piece of feedback.
- Please do not insert comments or suggestions into the document or into a copy of the document; instead, as requested above, please just reference the line number and then state your specific suggestions and comments. (See example)
- Please do not submit a rewritten document [one that does not show the brief original text and identify what you’d like changed].
- Please explain any changes you are suggesting. For example, “On page 2, line 34, I would like abc changed to def because xyz.” We want to ensure that when a change is made, it will produce the desired result. For more examples of feedback, see table above and written sentences below.
- Types of feedback include grammar (spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, verb tense, etc.), content (principles and presentation of the Tradition, Concept or tool, paragraph structure and placement, flow, etc.), and overall opinion (please include your opinion on paragraphs or sections that you like or relate to as well as those you would like to see changed).
The Literature Committee Wants Your Input
The COSA Literature Committee is pleased to update you on the progress of COSA’s basic text (aka COSA’s “Big Book”). This project began over 10 years ago, and at the 2023 Delegate Meeting in June, the delegates will be presented with the last of the chapters for this first edition of COSA’s program of recovery.
A survey which closed on March 1 was available for our fellowship to provide feedback on naming the basic text and on suggested upcoming projects. Results on this survey will be given once compiled by our volunteers.
The survey covers two main questions:
What shall we title COSA’s basic text?
We have been referring to the book as the basic text, but that is not the book’s title. We have three suggestions (COSA’s Program of Recovery, The COSA Program, and COSA), but we are open to additional suggestions and very much want your input in the survey.
What do you want the Literature Committee to work on next?
The book has been in process for nearly a decade, and no new literature has been written during this time. With the anticipated completion of our proposed chapters, the publication of the basic text will happen in 2024. The survey includes questions on suggested new or resumed literature projects, along with the opportunity to suggest your own. We would like to know what is most important to the fellowship. For each of the proposed projects, we simply have a scale from low to high priority. Please keep in mind that we will likely take on just one or two projects.