Writing Groups

Writing is a significant part of our professional lives as faculty. We’re working on articles, grant proposals, books, teaching statements, blogs, or op-eds. Too often, however, we don’t have opportunities to talk about the process, our struggles, or to get feedback from readers outside (or even within) our own departments. It also can be difficult to find time to write given our other important commitments as teachers, mentors, and administrators.

The Faculty Write Program sponsors writing groups to enhance writing productivity, collegiality, and the exchange of ideas across disciplines. Writing group types include:

1) Feedback / writing exchange groups – faculty meet regularly to exchange writing and give each other feedback on writing;

2) Write-on-site – faculty meet regularly to work on independent writing projects alongside other faculty;

3) Online accountability groups – faculty set goals and post their progress to an online forum. Participants report back on their progress, and reporting to a group of peers increases their accountability to meet the outlined goals.

Some groups form around specific topics (i.e. experiential education), type of writing (creative writing or public scholarship), or faculty cohort (new faculty, associate professors, women faculty). Writing groups form in September, December, and May. Please fill out this interest form if you’d like to participate in or lead a faculty writing group.

Want to learn more about what it’s like to be in a writing group? Read the Duke Today story From Brain to Paper about a writing feedback group and Scholarly Writing Hacks: 5 Lessons I Learned Writing Every Day in June about an online accountability group.

Spring 2017 Writing Groups 

Write-on-Site. Arrive with any materials you will need to work on your own writing.

Tuesdays 9-11am Art 100. Contact Susan Thananopavarn, 

Friday mornings 9:00-11:30  Art 100. Contact:  Melissa Simmermeyer, simmerme@duke.edu.

Duke Story Lab’s Open Writing Session. Fridays 1-4pm.  Every Friday Story Lab opens its doors to Duke writers. Whether you’re composing fiction, an academic paper, or your latest blog post, come write in the lab’s space. They’ll provide drinks, snacks, and lots of encouragement for your writing journey. Social hour to follow at 4 pm.  Location: Smith Warehouse, Bay 4.

FIELD U (Faculty in Experiential Learning@Duke U). Civic Engagement scholarship discussion group. Group meets two-three times each semester to discuss  writing projects, publishing outlets, and current issues in the field. Some members also form writing groups that meet throughout the semester. Contact faculty leaders  jahern@duke.edu or jcliffor@duke.edu for more information. Cosponsored by Duke Service-Learning and the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

If interested in joining or leading a new group, please contact jahern@duke.edu or complete this  interest form.

 Summer Writing Groups 

Writing Hunker.  May 16-17, 9am-3pm. Faculty organizers:  Jennifer Ahern-Dodson (jahern@duke.edu) and Charlotte Clark.

Faculty Women’s Writing Group. Tuesday mornings  9-11am for eight weeks:  June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, and 26. Location: Rubenstein 359 each Tuesday except June 14 when group will meet in Ruenstein 351. Faculty organizer: Meredith Riedel, mriedel@div.duke.edu

Write-on-site Writing Group.  Friday mornings 9-11am May 20, 27; June 3, 10, 17,  24  and July 8, 15, 22, 29 in Art 116. August 5, 12, 26 in Art 100. Please contact faculty organizer Melissa Simmermeyer, simmerme@duke.edu.

Contact Jennifer Ahern-Dodson (jahern@duke.edu) to discuss organizing a writing group, workshop, or retreat for your department, school, or programs.


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