Faculty Writing Support

At heart, all campuses are communities of writers, and our Faculty Writing Support programming is designed to support that community. Our write-ins and retreats offer uninterrupted work time  and a distraction-free work place where you can accomplish your writing goals and connect with colleagues. Our writing challenges and writers community connect faculty online to set goals and celebrate successes. Join us to connect with other faculty writers on campus and to set the tone for a productive academic year.

Mason’s Faculty Writing Support programs are co-sponsored by The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, and Writing Across the Curriculum.

Faculty Writers Community

The Faculty Writers Community is a shared digital space where faculty can set weekly writing goals, learn about research and writing resources, and connect with faculty across the campus. Beginning in Fall 2020, you can sign up to connect with peers who will encourage you, intrigue you, and keep you on track! You can join the Community for one week, for several weeks in a row, or for the entire semester to connect with other faculty writers on campus and to set the tone for a productive academic year. All faculty, at all levels, with any kind of writing projects, are invited.

If you’re interested in participating, please fill out our quick survey here, and we’ll be sure to include you to in our mailing list.

Friday Faculty Write Ins

After a few minutes of check-ins and goal-setting, we spend our time quietly working together.

Fairfax Campus: The write-ins have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back later for updates.

  • Time: Fridays, 8:30am to 1:30pm
  • Fall 2020 Dates: TBD
  • Room: Fenwick Library 4008
  • Sign up: Check back later


Faculty Writing Retreats

Write. Focus. Build Community.

Need to get started or make headway on a writing project?  Would you enjoy the opportunity to meet with other Mason faculty to discuss your writing and your current projects? Would you find it helpful to work in a small group of other dedicated writers, to discuss the goals you set for yourself as a writer, and the ways you are organizing your projects(s)?

This retreat offers uninterrupted work time, a distraction-free work place, a supportive and collegial community of peers, and sessions on the habits of mind and resources that support writing productivity. Join us to connect with other faculty writers on campus, work in small groups around individual needs, and reflect on the routines that will support your success.


AY 2020-2021 Retreat Dates: The retreats have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back later for updates.

  • Winter: TBD
  • Summer: TBD


Participant Commitment

Each participant is asked to:

  •  Participate in all days (9:00am-5:00pm) of the retreat;
  •  Choose a specific project to focus on during those days;
  •  Commit to producing the best possible work during the retreat;
  •  Work in supportive small groups on individual projects;
  •  Listen to, encourage, and productively challenge other faculty writers in attendance.

Lunches and space to write (privately and with groups) will be provided.

Participation in this event is limited. Should slots begin to fill, preference will be given to faculty in their first three years at Mason.


Application Process

To participate, faculty must submit an application.  The application will request the following information:

  • Your name, position, and department
  • A description of your project and project status (i.e., early planning, drafting, ready for feedback, etc.)
  • A description of how the Writing Retreat would help you move forward with your project.
  • A statement that verifies that, should your application be accepted, you would be able to commit to participating in all of the days of the retreat (9:00am to 5:00pm).
  • Your meal preference (e.g., non-vegetarian, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free).


Application Deadline: TBD

Applications will be reviewed by the retreat facilitators, the Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum program, and the Director of the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning.


Please e-mail the retreat facilitators at wac@gmu.edu.