Scholarly Writing Communities enhance academic culture through programming customized to the phases of the scholarly writing process: brainstorming, drafting, peer review & revision, and polishing/publishing. Programs support researchers and writers at all levels in acquiring skills, networking, and increasing scholarly productivity. Whether brainstorming a project, stuck on methodologies, in need of time to write, or celebrating publication, a Scholarly Writing Community can support faculty in every stage of their scholarship/research.  Facilitated by a faculty mentor or self-directed, the process provides: support for creating individualized objectives; encouragement from peers; accountability for progress; and celebration of success.  

Check the CFI homepage or the Scholarship area homepage for upcoming scholarly writing opportunities.

Want to form a scholarly writing community? Email cfi@jmu.edu for assistance.

Write on Site

Need the space and time to advance or complete that writing project? Write on Site is an opportunity for faculty members who seek space and time to research and write during the academic year.  Join colleagues, who will be independently working, in a common space in Rose Library.  Leave with a sense of accomplishment and with increased scholarly productivity. 

Write on Sites (formerly Scholarly Writers' Lockdowns) are offered on Tuesdays (12:30 PM-4:30 PM), and Fridays (8:30 AM-12:30 PM) throughout the academic year.

Finish Your Writing Project

Commit weekly time to your scholarly projects in a sustained and supportive writing group. This facilitated scholarship community offers faculty a space to: develop collaborative support with fellow writers; advance in a writing project plan; dedicate consistent time to writing and editing; brainstorm around challenges; and celebrate successes together. Whether working on a manuscript, book project, or other scholarly project, this experience will help scholars move toward project completion in a collaborative writing group.

Participants must commit to attending several meetings during the semester as part of this application-based faculty community. Groups are formed at the beginning of the semester with an open application period.

Scholarship Residency

Scholarship Residency (formerly Writing Renewal Retreat) is a three-day retreat with a community of faculty scholars at Mountain Valley Retreat Center for faculty seeking renewal with their scholarship. Scholarship Residency programs are generally held in the fall and early summer with an open application period proceeding each.

Stimulate creativity and reconnect with one’s scholarship projects through mindfulness mediation, nature walks, music, and more as you commit sustained time to completing a project or developing your research agenda. The retreat curriculum is balanced between long open-sessions of self-directed time to work on your scholarship and facilitated sessions that involve reflection and discussion of creative ways to sustain a positive and creative relationship with your scholarship.  Overnight stay strongly encouraged.  Meals and housing will be provided courtesy of the Center for Faculty Innovation.

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