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 participate in our weekly sprints and join us for occasional panels about the academic writing life.

All faculty, at all levels, with any kind of writing projects, are invited. You can join for one week or for the entire semester and know that you have a community of peers who will encourage you, intrigue you, and keep you on track!

To join the community, simply connect to our Faculty Writers’ Community workspace in MS Teams (make sure to sign in with your Mason credentials).

If you’re experiencing any difficulty, please email us at wac@gmu.edu.

Fall 2020 Panels (11:00am to 12:00pm)

Panelists begin the sessions with brief presentations and then invite guests to participate in open discussion.

  • September 18: “Making the Most of a Writing Community” with Monique Van Hoek (COS), Charlotte Gill (CHSS), and Doug Eyman (CHSS)
  • October 16: “Faculty Portfolios across Contexts” with Crystal Anderson (Stearns Center) and Molli Herth (Faculty Affairs)

Friday Writing Sprints

Write. Focus. Build Community.

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

  • Time: 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Spring 2021 Dates: every Friday of the spring semester beginning January 29th
  • Location: MS Teams
  • Join us: To participate in the sprints, simply connect to our Faculty Writers’ Community workspace in MS Teams (make sure to sign in with your Mason credentials).

Faculty Writing Retreats

Hoping to start Spring semester with a blast of writing productivity?

This three-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, 2021
  • Summer: May 18-20, 2021

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

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

Registration Process

If you would like to join us, please complete our registration form by May 10, 2020.


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