CSU Writes offers faculty opportunities to gather with colleagues from units, colleges, and departments across campus to discuss the craft and practice of academic writing.
Academic writing can feel isolating and be all too easy to "put off until tomorrow." Writers who attend retreats access a writing community here at CSU and tend to produce much more writing than they would on their own.
CSU Writes offers multiple writing retreat options over the academic year and summer. Faculty retreats during the fall and spring semesters tend to be shorter (1-2 days). Summer retreats are longer with 4- or 5-day retreat options.
Writing retreats are generally held on CSU's main campus. Although, some specialty retreats may be held on such other CSU sites as the Mountain Campus.
To register, complete a Retreat Registration form. Participation is capped at 12-20 participants, depending on the retreat.
CSU Writes workshops address the 4 areas academic writers encounter their greatest challenges: SPACE, TIME, ENERGY/MOMENTUM, and ACADEMIC STYLE. Topics change each semester and explore the most current studies and trends in scholarly writing productivity and publishing. RSVP early to build writing support into your semester schedule. (All faculty are welcome regardless if you register, but an RSVP helps us prepare materials.)
CSU Writes helps faculty connect with other faculty on campus to create a group that works best for each faculty member's long-term writing needs and goals. To learn more about Faculty Writing Groups and to sign up, complete a Writing Group Request form.
Editing groups are comprised of faculty who wish to generate and edit grant proposals or scholarly manuscripts. Each group runs for 4 to 8 weeks during a semester, depending on the focus of the group.
- Manuscript (article or book chapter)
Start and end dates will vary according to group or proposal due date. To see what groups are available for this semester, visit the Editing Groups page or send CSU Writes an email query.
ACCOUNTABILITY & MOMENTUM
PRODUCTIVITY PACKAGE (WEEKLY CHECK-IN)
A weekly accountability options for faculty and postdocs who wish to set weekly writing goals and be held accountable for meeting them. Each Monday, CSU Writes emails you about your weekly writing goals. Then, you work on meeting your goals. Each Friday, CSU Writes emails you to see which goals you met or didn't meet.
Writers can sign up for monthly (short-term), semester, or summer writing options on the Productivity Package page.
DROP-IN WRITING SESSIONS : M-T-W-R
Put show up & write. drop-in writing sessions on your calendar and then "show up & write" to see how much writing you can accomplish this semester. These are writing-centered and quiet spaces that help faculty, postdocs, and graduate students build momentum on writing projects. These sessions are proctored by fellow faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Most sessions last for 90-110 minutes. Check the schedule for each semester's start and end dates, locations, and available times.
COLLABORATIONS & DEPARTMENT OFFERINGS
WOMEN & GENDER COLLABORATIVE SPONSORED EVENTS
Mondays First: Held on the morning of the first Monday of each month of the semester, these write-together sessions open a space & place for women faculty and postdoc writers to meet, talk about their writing projects, and write together. No RSVP necessary. Sponsored by the Women & Gender Collaborative.
Jr. Women Faculty Summer Writing Retreat--Mountain Campus: Held at CSU’s Mountain Campus, this retreat will focus on establishing healthy writing practices and gender-specific strategies upon which attendees may build successful, writing-rich careers in academe. It is a retreat designed for women-identified junior faculty and is limited to 13 faculty participants who are pre-tenure. Sponsored by the Women & Gender Collaborative.
DEPARTMENT SPECIAL EVENTS
Consider ways your department faculty can benefit by collaborating with CSU Writes and we can look for ways to make it happen. To date, CSU Writes has organized specialty presentations about writing productivity, offered graduate semester-long seminars, and supported specific department writing-oriented visions. Email CSU Writes for more information.