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 Retreats: 2022-2023

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:

  • Winter: January 11-13, 2023 (limited on-campus spaces available)
  • Summer: TBA

Schedule and Participant Commitment

Our schedule for each day of the retreat is as follows:

  • 9:00am – 11:00am Writing Sprint
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm Guest speakers, 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 13)

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 for this event is now closed.

Can’t make the whole retreat but want to learn more about the academic writing life? 

We open up select midday sessions to the broader Mason community, so consider registering for one or more. Information and registration is forthcoming, so keep an eye out.


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

Faculty Writing Sprints: Spring 2023

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 Panels: Winter 2023

Each year, we open 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.

January 11 (Wednesday, 11:30-12:30pm): Developing & Sustaining Successful Collaborations. Drs. Ali Weinstein and Jesse Guessford will share practical strategies for developing productive professional collaborations in academic writing and research.

January 12 (Thursday, 11:30am-12:30pm): Grant Writing: Abstracts and Narratives. This panel discussion offers perspectives and suggestions to help you improve your own writing skills with an eye toward successful grants ahead.

January 13 (Friday, 11:30am-12:30pm): How to Increase Your Motivation to Write. Cross-disciplinary faculty panelists will share their experiences, habits, and strategies around boosting their motivation to write.  They will also provide a space for you to ask questions, share your best practices, and make manageable plans to increase your writing motivation and productivity.

Interested in joining us for one or more of these panels? Registration for these panels is now closed.

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)
  • “Every Summer Needs a Plan: Planning for a Productive and Balanced Summer” with Dra. Aurora Chang (Faculty Affairs)