ABOUT: CSU Writes provides Colorado State University faculty and graduate students with support as they write for publication, proposal submission, and/or degree completion.
Comprised of two branches--FACULTY Writes & GRAD Writes--CSU Writes offers faculty and graduate student multiple ways to participate in a burgeoning academic writing community on campus: workshops, writing groups, intensive writing retreats, guest speaker presentations, "show up & write" sessions, and more.
CSU Writes is currently funded jointly through the Graduate School, the Provost's Office, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. It is housed in the Graduate School.
MISSION: CSU Writes creates an awareness of and a space for participation in a scholarly writing community among faculty and graduate students (something not to be underestimated in contributing to the health of a research institution); increases the number of submitted grant proposals and publications by CSU faculty; offers targeted and informed support for women faculty; speeds time-to-degree and increases completion rates for graduate students; contributes to national academic conversations about writing support programs.
CSU Writes Director Dr. Kristina Quynn is a faculty member in the Department of English. She founded CSU Writes when she sought academic writing support to help her maintain a research and writing agenda amidst heavy teaching obligations and found few options. Through cross-campus conversations, she spoke with other faculty and graduate students who had similar desires for realistic and supportive academic writing conversations on campus.
Dr. Quynn's research in literary studies focuses on avant-garde, transnational women's fiction. Her work can be found in such publications as the Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Dismemberment of Drama, Women in Irish History and Culture, MLA Teaching Approaches Series, and the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Recently, she co-edited a collection on innovative criticism, Reading and Writing Experimental Texts: Critical Innovations (Palgrave 2017). Her current book project is titled Write. Enough.: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Academic Writing, a is playful and engaging academic writing guide.
She has been known to carpool with chemists--who turn the drudgery of a commute into great fun (perhaps that's simply good chemistry).
And, she is always seeking out good conversations with academic writers about their academic writing needs. Feel free to get in touch to start a conversation or ask further questions:
Dr. Kristina Quynn
334 Eddy Hall
CSU Writes Intern, 2016-17: Lexi (Alexandra) Gehering, PhD Candidate in Biochemistry