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 University Writing offers a variety of resources and events to support faculty writing. A range of faculty writing groups, workshops, and a writing retreat are being offered this fall. To explore and register for these opportunities to get support for your writing, read below.

Faculty Writing Groups

A writing group can help you maintain a healthy writing routine, progress on writing projects, and get feedback on your writing from your colleagues. Faculty writing groups meet in-person or virtually throughout the semester. Please plan to devote about one hour of your time each week to this program—although groups are free to determine their own time commitments. There are four types of writing groups designed to meet your desired level of commitment and structure. Click here to view a description of each type of writing group.

To register for the Fall 2020 Faculty Writing Group program, please complete this survey by Sunday, August 23rd. You will be contacted by August 28th with your writing group members.

If this deadline has already passed but you are still interested in writing group support or if you are interested in setting up a writing group specific to your department or program, please email Amy Cicchino (atc0057@auburn.edu).

Resources for Faculty Writing Groups:


Faculty Writing Retreat

Each semester, University Writing offers a writing retreat that supports faculty in powering through writing projects with a day of writing! This fall, the writing retreat will be held virtually on December 1 from 8:30–4:00. To register, complete this survey before November 30th by 5pm CST.

All registered attendees will be sent information on the retreat, including the Zoom link on November 30th. Writing retreat attendees will have the option to participate in a morning goal setting session, progress tracking check-ins, afternoon mindfulness breaks, and an afternoon debrief. Please address any questions you have about this event to Amy Cicchino (atc0057@auburn.edu).

If you are unable to attend the Faculty Writing Retreat live, you can access the retreat materials and complete it asynchronously as your schedule allows. Please email Amy Cicchino (atc0057@auburn.edu) for more information about this option.


Writing an Effective IRB Protocol – WoW Wednesdays Workshop

This workshop for faculty, staff, and students is designed to help those who are working on an IRB protocol gain a better understanding of common problems with this type of writing and learn strategies to correct them. Members of the IRB will be available during the session to answer questions, and you will have the opportunity to apply the strategies learned to peer review your own IRB protocol draft or draft a new IRB protocol.

This fall, the Effective IRB Protocol workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 2:00-3:30 pm. Participants can attend virtually or in-person. Click here to view all the WoW Wednesdays workshops for the fall semester and to register for this event.


Faculty Grant Writing Workshop

This workshop is designed to help participants write a more effective grant proposal by offering strategies for identifying what funding sources are looking for, tailoring research ideas to fit the call for proposals, and developing a compelling narrative that will get ideas funded. Experts across campus will be joining this session to discuss resources and support for grant writing at Auburn University. Participants will be given time to work on their grant writing projects so bring your notes, drafts, or call for proposals with you.

When: November 30, 1-4 p.m.
Where:  Zoom
Register: Click here to register.