Writing and Working Accountability Sessions
Spring 2021: Go to Events Calendar for dates.
Writing Accountability Sessions: These virtual writing sessions offer dedicated time and facilitated support for faculty to focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues. The sessions will begin with a small group 15-minute check-in, with each participant introducing themselves, their writing project, and specific goals for the session. For the next 60 minutes, faculty will turn off their cameras and microphones, to write together in their own protected environment. In the final 15 minutes, participants will rejoin their small groups to discuss their progress, challenges, and to set writing goals for the coming week. These sessions are offered each month on either Tuesday morning or Wednesday afternoon. You may choose to attend any or all of the sessions.
Time to Focus: Working Accountability Sessions: These virtual accountability sessions offer dedicated time and facilitated support to work on your project, whether it is to write a proposal or manuscript, or to design a unit for your online course. The sessions will begin with a small group 15-minute check-in, with each participant introducing themselves, their project, and specific goals for the session. For the next 60 minutes, faculty will turn off microphones and video feed, to work together in their own protected environment. In the final 15 minutes, participants will rejoin their small groups to discuss their progress, challenges, and to set goals for the coming week. Open to all faculty: lecturers, instructors, research, clinical.
Writing Accountability Circles (WAC): A WAC is a small group of 8-9 writing colleagues who meet weekly to write and share their progress together in a virtual setting. It is for faculty who have a writing project they’ve identified to work on and are willing to commit to a semester-long writing accountability group. Sessions include time for individual check-ins as well as an hour for writing. Michelle Budig, Vice Provost of Faculty Development and Professor of Sociology and Wendy Varner, Director of Faculty Development, will co-facilitate the first four sessions. One group will launch in January and the second in February. After the first four meetings, facilitation of the sessions will rotate among the group members. Group members are should have a commitment to the time and sessions, to your own writing project, and to supporting other group members in being accountable for self-identified writing goals. If you are interested in joining a weekly writing group, please contact OFD@umass.edu.
Scholarly Writing Workshops
The following workshops will be offered via zoom. Dates TBD.
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. (Fall 2021)
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. (Spring 2021)
Scholarly Writing Retreats
Spring 2021 - OFD has suspended in-person programming, until we can safely convene in groups. We look forward to hosting the following retreats in the future.
The Semester-Launch Scholarly Writing Retreats
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.
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.