The Duke Faculty Write Program aims to advance faculty writing through workshops, retreats, research projects, and faculty learning communities.

As educators, researchers, and administrators we are constantly writing: grants, program reports and assessments, article and book manuscripts, course syllabi and assignments, and conference presentations, to name a few. And although we work in a vibrant intellectual community, too often these writing endeavors are solitary.

Adding the dimension of community to our writing lives opens up possibilities for collaborating with other writers who also are advancing their scholarly endeavors. Combining the often solitary activity of writing with the social exchange of ideas, struggles, strategies, and drafts can lead not only to a more productive and less isolating writing life in the academy, but also an enriching one that values the lived experience as much as the final product.

Writing retreats offer an opportunity for faculty to set aside time for their writing and write in the company of others.



Writing groups help advance faculty writers through reader feedback on their works-in- progress (writing exchange groups) and accountability, regularly scheduled writing time, and community (write-on-site groups).


The How I Write interview series engages writers across Duke in conversations about how writing (really) happens for them, why they write, and what we can learn from each other.



Workshops provide practical advice on a range of writing topics, including developing productive writing habits, balancing teaching and scholarly productivity, and managing large research projects.


To schedule an individual consultation, or to discuss planning a workshop or writing retreat for your department or program, contact Faculty Write Director Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, jahern@duke.edu.