Mondays First


FALL 2018

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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 and postdocs to privilege their writing when building and enhancing their careers in academe. Each Monday gathering opens with a gender-aware discussion session about writing, academic life, and strategies for supporting each other. This short discussion is then followed by an 2.5-hour writing session in which participants write “on their own” yet together in a positive and communal space. (Coffee and tea provided)

"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. Bring a friend...or two. Make a plan to begin each month of the spring semester with attention to and support for your research and projects within a gender-aware academic writing community.

Junior Women Faculty Mountain Campus Writing Retreat

July 7-10, 2019

Held at the Mountain Campus, this retreat supports junior women faculty who are new (pre-tenure) 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 13 writers, with representatives from each of CSU's colleges.)

To submit an application to attend the Women Junior Faculty Retreat on the Mountain Campus, please email CSU Writes at with the following information:

Your Name, Department, College, Number of Years as Faculty Member

Use "Women Junior Faculty Retreat Application" in the email subject line.

Note: Because retreat availability is highly allocated, it is possible you will not be accepted automatically. In instances where a particular college's space may already be filled at the time of your application, your name will be placed on a waitlist and you will be notified of your acceptance only if a spot opens. In the event you are not able to participate in the writing retreat for Junior Women Faculty, please consider registering for the on-campus retreat for women faculty that will be held at the end of June.


Week-Long Women Faculty Writing Retreat

June 24-28, 2019

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)

To reserve your spot in the retreat, fill out a reservation form on the Writing Retreats page.

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.