Scholarly Writing Retreats and Workshops

Scholarly Writing Retreats

The Semester-Launch Scholarly Writing Retreats (August and January)

Each August and January, the Office of Faculty Development hosts an all day Scholarly Writing Retreat in the Great Hall of the UMass Amherst Old Chapel. The Old Chapel provides a quiet, remote and beautiful on-campus location for you and your colleagues to engage in focused writing time and to launch your writing goals for the semester. You are welcome to attend all or part of the day.  OFD provides coffee, tea and water throughout. Feel free to bring your own lunch and snacks to keep you going! We will also have power strips and extension cords available to ensure your ability to stay as long as you want.

Monthly Scholarly Writing Retreats

The Office of Faculty Development hosts day long Scholarly Writing Retreats on the last Friday of each month throughout the academic year in the Faculty Commons which offers ample space for writing at large tables, workstations with computers, two collaborative workrooms, wireless Internet access, and a view of the Pioneer Valley. You are welcome to join for an hour, come and go to accommodate unexpected meetings, or spend the entire day in the company of your colleagues. Entry requires a valid UMass Amherst UCard. Please complete the online registration process required by the library to have your UCard programmed for entry.  

Off-site May Scholarly Writing Retreats 

OFD hosts an off-site Scholarly Writing Retreat every May which helps faculty jump-start their summer writing projects. This highly-rated event offers faculty a comfortable and collegial environment, in a beautiful location in which to work on scholarly projects. Breakout sessions and individual consultations are offered on effective writing, setting writing goals and developing a competitive proposal for funding. Continental breakfast and a catered lunch are provided along with coffee and tea throughout the day. The next May off-site retreat will be held in 2021.


Scholarly Writing Workshops

Getting Your Book Published: Demystifying the Process - this workshop features a panel of editors and authors who discuss and offer advice on the exciting and sometimes confusing experience of publishing your first book with an academic press.  

Publishing Your Second Book: Faculty and Editors Demystify the Process -  After you publish the first book, it should be easy, right? Not always. What is involved in pitching a second book to a press, and should you consider less traditional academic presses or trade presses? This workshop covers such topics as the book proposal, choosing a press, peer review advice, and marketing strategies.  

Scholarly Writing Groups 

OFD hosts Writing Accountability Circles for faculty who are ready to commit to a structured accountability group.  Each semester, an application process facilitates the organization of small groups.