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Faculty Writing Groups

Writing groups can provide enormous support for your writing over time. Having a group of colleagues you meet with on a consistent basis can keep you on track, productive, and continually developing and progressing on your scholarly projects. Writing groups are also a powerful tool for developing interdisciplinary relationships, learning about the often fascinating work of your colleagues, and providing support for you as a teacher, scholar, and individual.

Writing groups can also:

  • Promote attention to audience and writing as a process, a set of stages or building blocks that we all go through
  • Allow you to hear your work out loud and let you see the effects of your writing on real (but supportive) readers
  • Encourage you to focus on both readers' and writer's needs
  • Help you develop strategies for responding to others' work
  • Affirm (and sometimes challenges) assumptions about what makes good writing in your field
  • Promote substantive rethinking/re-seeing texts
  • Re-ignite interest in and commitment to projects
  • Help you gain perspective and build confidence
  • Enable you to learn discourse conventions in other disciplines
  • Counteract the isolation inherent in much of scholarly and creative work
  • Support ongoing productivity
  • Provide immediate feedback, as well as feedback in the context of previous drafts and projects
  • Remind us of what our students go through when we assign them writing
If you are interested in participating in a writing group, contact the Center for Writing Excellence director, Dr. Alan Benson. He will be compiling a list of interested faculty. Also, consider coming to a Faculty Writing Support Program retreat where you can meet other faculty who might be interested in starting a group.

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