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 2022

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. Following the sprint, stay to connect with colleagues, hear about their progress, share yours, and celebrate victories.

Faculty Writing Retreats: 2021-2022

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

This multi-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 Zoom:

  • Winter: January 12-14, 2022
  • Summer: May 17-19, 2022

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 Thursday May 19)

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 is now closed.

Can’t make the whole retreat but want to plan for a productive summer? 

Consider joining us for Wednesday’s session “Every Summer Needs a Plan.” More information about this session is available below in our “Summer 2022 Panels” section.


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

Summer 2022 Panels

This year, we are opening up our midday retreat panels to the wider Mason community for colleagues who can’t commit to the full retreat but would like to learn more about the academic writing life. Information about these panels including links to register is available below.

Every Summer Needs a Plan: Planning for a Productive and Balanced Summer 

  • Session Description: In this hands-on session facilitated by Dra. Aurora Chang, you will take time to identify your personal and professional goals for the summer, create a strategic plan to accomplish them, and identify the types of community, support, and accountability you need to make this your most productive and balanced summer ever!
  • Session Date: May 18th at 11:30am-12:30pm

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)
  • “A Conversation with George Mason University Publishing” with Arthur Rouner
  • “Write More, Stress Less: A Quick Introduction to the 12 Week Year for Writers” with Trevor Thrall (Schar)
  • “A Panel Conversation about Book Publishing in Academia” with LaNitra Berger (Undergraduate Education), Jamie Lester (CHSS), and Kathryn Jacobsen (Health Studies, University of Richmond)