The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Third Spaces Writing Program

Third Spaces Writing Program


Sociologist Ray Oldenburg used the term “third space” to refer to those places away from home and work that are neutral and non-hierarchical. Homi K. Bhabha argued that third spaces allow the marginalized to imagine liberation. The Faculty Diversity Writing Program embraces the idea of “third spaces” as a means of cultivating physical, mental, and institutional space to discuss shared challenges and aspirations, and to advance our professional and personal goals.

The Third Spaces Writing Program offers faculty of color a space to gather and interact while pursuing writing goals. Intended as supportive, participant-driven spaces, these writing sessions offer dedicated time and support for faculty to focus on scholarly writing and connect with colleagues around goals and challenges.

Third Spaces Virtual Write-on-Site Sessions: Spring Semester 2021

These virtual sessions create spaces for faculty of color to gather and interact while pursuing writing goals. Sessions begin with a small group 15-minute check-in, with each participant introducing themselves, their writing project, and specific writing goals. Participants will then work independently on their writing goals, reconvening in the final 15 minutes to discuss their progress, challenges, and to set writing goals.

Joining us as group facilitators for the spring semester are Judyie Al-Bilali, Kiran Asher, Sonya Atalay, Cathy Luna, and Caroline Yang.

Spring Semester Sessions meet 9am-12pm (M-F) and 3-5pm (M-Th), Feb. 1 through May 7.
Join as many sessions as you’d like.


Mondays, 9-12 AM: Cathy Luna, Facilitator - Register

Mondays, 3-5 PM: Caroline Yang, Facilitator - Register

Tuesdays, 9-12 AM: Kiran Asher, Facilitator - Register

Tuesdays, 3-5 PM: Caroline Yang, Facilitator - Register

Wednesdays, 9-12 AM: Sonya Atalay, Facilitator - Register

Wednesdays, 3-5 PM: Caroline Yang, Facilitator - Register

Thursdays, 9-12 AM: Judyie Al-Bilali, Facilitator - Register

Thursdays, 3-5 PM: Kiran Asher, Facilitator - Register

Fridays, 9-12 AM: Sonya Atalay, Facilitator - Register


Third Spaces Writing Retreats

Writing retreats are currently on hold due to temporary restrictions on in-person events.
Away from the buzz of campus, these daylong retreats will give us a chance to regroup at the end of a hectic semester and focus on our writing goals while connecting with faculty from across campus.  A writing coach will also be available throughout the day for one-on-one consultations.