Chapter 7 Campus-Wide, Non-Residential, Five-Day Faculty Writing Retreat

Partnerships Lead to a Sustainable Writing Program

In: Critical Collaborative Communities

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Abstract

More and more institutions are expecting faculty to write and publish their work. Yet, many faculty do not have the tools and strategies that undergird a sustainable and successful writing practice. Some researchers assert that universities should find ways to support faculty as writers. For five years, our university has partnered with the campus center for teaching and learning to sponsor a summer five-day non-residential faculty writing retreat. The purpose of this chapter is to describe the university partnership as well the partnerships among faculty across the campus that have grown out of this retreat program. Besides a full description of the program, we identify four key themes from faculty evaluations of the retreat. Finally, we include suggestions for others who might be interested in creating writing retreats that support faculty success as writers.

Critical Collaborative Communities

Academic Writing Partnerships, Groups, and Retreats

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