Comprised of two branches--FACULTY Writes & GRAD Writes--CSU Writes offers faculty and graduate students multiple ways to participate in an academic writing community on campus: workshops, writing groups, intensive writing retreats, guest speaker presentations, "show up & write" sessions, peer manuscript & proposal editing, and more.
CSU Writes is currently funded through the Graduate School, the Provost's Office, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. It is housed in the Graduate School.
CSU Writes creates opportunities for faculty and graduate students to meet with peers & colleagues to enhance the quantity and quality of their written work (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.
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. 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).
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
Lexi (Alexandra) Gehring is the current CSU Writes intern and a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department.
She first got involved in CSU Writes through writing groups, but now can be found at almost all CSU Writes events. She is willing to try any and all writing and productivity techniques. Currently, she is obsessed with the ventilation file and Zerubavel’s Clockwork Muse. Her participation in CSU Writes has changed revolutionized her writing practice for the better.
Outside of CSU Writes, Lexi’s research focuses on nucleic acid transactions in the hyperthermophilic archaea Thermococcus kodakarensis. Currently, she is writing manuscripts about her research as well as working on her dissertation.
Lexi is known to have dance parties to release the stress of graduate school. She is also an avid Packers fan and loves to talk to all things football.