Faculty Writing Community

Write. Connect. Build Community.

At heart, all campuses are communities of writers, and our faculty writing programming is designed to support Mason’s writing community. Through our shared digital space, all faculty at Mason can participate in our weekly sprints, writing retreats, and occasional panels about the academic writing life.

Our writing sprints and retreats offer uninterrupted work time where you can accomplish your writing goals and network with colleagues. Our writing challenges connect faculty asynchronously to set goals and celebrate successes, and our panels explore the rich culture of academic writing and highlight the many resources available to faculty at Mason.

All faculty, at all levels, with any kind of writing projects, are invited to participate and find a community of peers who will encourage you, intrigue you, and keep you on track! More information about our programming, including how to join, is available below.

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

Faculty Writing Sprints: Fall 2021

After a few minutes of check-ins and goal-setting, we spend our time quietly working together. Add them to your calendar, tell your friends, and prepare to marvel at just how much you can accomplish in one or two-hours bursts alongside your fellow Mason writers.

  • Days and Times:
    • Mondays: 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    • Tuesdays: 9:00am to 10:00am
    • Fridays: 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Dates: every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday of the semester
  • Registration: Sign up here and receive reminders about joining sessions and setting goals
  • Join us: To participate in the sprints, simply connect to our Faculty Writing Community workspace in MS Teams and look for the meeting in the general channel.

Fall 2021 Panels

A Conversation with George Mason University Publishing

  • Session Description: Interested in starting your own journal, creating open educational resources, or even publishing your own book? Us too! Join us for an Info Session, followed by Q&A, with the George Mason University Press Team.
  • Session Date: November 5th at 11:01am, immediately following the Faculty Writing Sprint.
  • To join us for this panel, simply connect to our Faculty Writing Community workspace in MS Teams and look for the meeting in the general channel.

Previous Panels

  • “Making the Most of a Writing Community” with Monique Van Hoek (COS), Charlotte Gill (CHSS), and Doug Eyman (CHSS)
  • “Faculty Portfolios across Contexts” with Crystal Anderson (Stearns Center) and Molli Herth (Faculty Affairs)

Faculty Writing Retreats: 2021-2022

Hoping to start Spring semester with a blast of writing productivity? Join us for our Winter Writing Retreat.

This two and a half day event—co-sponsored by Writing Across the Curriculum, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development—offers an active approach to uninterrupted writing time, a chance to learn from our guest speakers, and a supportive and collegial community of peers to boost your writing productivity. Participants work on a variety of research and creative projects at all stages of completion.

This year’s retreats will be held on the following dates in MS Teams:

  • Winter: January 12-14, 2022
  • Summer: TBA (typically the third or fourth week in May)

Participant Commitment

This winter, our retreat will look a little different than in years past; we won’t be meeting in person but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy each other’s company. Our schedule for each day of the retreat is as follows:

  • 9:00am – 11:00am Writing Sprint
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm Networking & Collaboration Opportunities (or a well-deserved break, that’s up to you)
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm Writing Sprint (no afternoon session on Friday January 14)

All we ask is that you commit to at least three of the five Writing Sprints, regardless of the days or time slots, but feel free to join us for the entirety of the event.

Registration Process

To sign up, please complete our linked registration form by December 10, 2021. Retreat facilitators will be in contact prior to the retreat with information about scheduling and getting connected.


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