Scholarly Writing Retreats

Scholarly Writing Retreats

Research shows regularly scheduled writing blocks increase productivity and publishing rates. TEFD offers monthly Scholarly Writing Retreats during the academic year—generally 4-5 per semester—to provide faculty time to focus on scholarly writing in the company of colleagues. These retreats are occasionally supplemented with workshops or consultations about writing productivity and publishing. You are welcome to join us for an hour, come and go to accommodate unexpected meetings, or spend the entire day in the company of your colleagues. A $5 ticket to purchase refreshments in the library cafe or Campus Center will be provided when you arrive.

What TEFD provides:  A welcome to faculty, help getting settled, and $5 tickets redeemable for refreshments and light snacks at the café on the ground floor or Campus Center.

Facilities in the Faculty Commons:  Ample seating at large tables, four workstations with computers, two collaborative workrooms, wireless Internet access, a scanner and copier/printer, and a peaceful view of the Pioneer Valley. Entry to the Faculty Commons requires a valid UMass Amherst faculty or librarian UCard. Please complete this simple online registration process required by the library to have your UCard programmed for entry.

For upcoming retreat dates, please see our calendar. Registration is open in advance of each upcoming Scholarly Writing Retreat.

Annual Off-Site Scholarly Writing Retreat

TEFD 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. Continental breakfast and a catered lunch are provided along with coffee and tea throughout the day. This year, we are adding a number of breakout sessions, including workshops on setting writing goals and developing a competitive proposal for funding/fellowships in the humanities. We will also offer a limited number of individual consultations on writing and proposal development. Please note: After you register for the Off-Site Scholarly Writing Retreat, you will receive a follow-up email with more information about the breakout sessions and consultations, for which you can register.



For information about the development of our scholarly writing offerings, see "The Scholarly Writing Continuum: A New Program Model for Teaching & Faculty Development Centers," a chapter in Working With Faculty Writers, edited by Anne Ellen Geller and Michele Eodice (Utah State University Press, 2013).

Academic Editors and Writing Coaches 

For the benefit of faculty, TEFD maintains a listing of scholarly writing editors and coaches.

For more information, contact TEFD