Mondays First


FIRST MONDAY: September 11 (8 – 10:50am)

NEXT MONDAYS: Oct 2, Nov 6, Dec 4 (9 – 10:50am)




January 22, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7


NOTE: NO NEED to RSVP for the MONDAY FIRST SESSIONS.  Just show up, talk, and write together.


Mondays First is the “first” in a series of CSU Writes events sponsored by the Women & Gender Collaborative. The title, “Mondays First,” refers both to the gathering time and to the need for faculty writers to privilege their writing when building and enhancing their careers in academe. Each Monday gathering opens with a gender-aware discussion session about our current writing challenges and successes as well as recent research and findings on writing strategies. This half-hour discussion is then followed by an 80-minute writing session in which participants can write “on their own” yet within a positive and communal space. (Coffee and tea provided)

The very “first” Mondays First of each semester opens with a special session to discuss the campus climate for faculty women and strategies for support. Light breakfast offerings of fruit, yogurt, in addition to coffee and hot tea provided at these first, extended sessions.

"Save the Dates" to your calendar. Bring your writing gear, including any materials--books, articles, data, and more that you'll need to write for a session. Plan to begin each month of the fall semester with attention to and support for your research and projects within a gender-aware academic writing community.

Junior Women Faculty Mountain Campus 3-Day Writing Retreat

May 21-23, 2018

Monday-Wednesday (2 night/3-Day)

Held at the Mountain Campus, this retreat supports junior women faculty who are new (or relatively new) to building a career and life in academe. Includes 5-6 hours of writing each day balanced with facilitated discussions and recreational events. (Retreat capped at 15 writers)


Week-Long Women Faculty Writing Retreat

June 25-29, 2018

Held on the main campus, this retreat provides women faculty a communal and supportive space to make substantial progress on manuscripts and proposals. Includes workshops on concerns specific to women in academe: negotiating heavier teaching loads, service commitments, and/or family obligations. (Retreat capped at 20 writers)

Why these special, sponsored events?

Recent research shows that women academics are more likely to put off writing, take on more service in departments, and publish fewer articles than their male counterparts. It is important to note that women are publishing less (particularly in STEM fields) not because of an inherent difference in quality of work but often due to the choices women make about their academic writing practice. A writing community that offers key support can help women academic writers, who often face particularly gendered challenges when writing to build their CV, advancing through tenure, or maintaining a work-life balance. Such a writing community of women scholars can also help generate a collegial academic climate on campus.


The Women & Gender Collaborative sponsored offerings support President Tony Frank’s charge to make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.