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.  

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

Scholarship Residency

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

Faculty development research suggests that faculty retreats, away from campus, increase productivity and collaboration. Research also suggests the positive physiological and psychological  benefits that natural environments have on people of all ages, including faculty.  Finally, research suggests that the use of contemplative practices, a core feature of this unique retreat, has positive influences on brain elasticity, resilience, focus, attention, and overall productivity.  In addition to gratitude and feelings of connection, JMU faculty who attended past off-campus Scholarship Residency programs have reported significant productivity in terms of pages produced, grants written, and projects completed. 

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Scholarship residency (Online Faculty Community (Fall 2020)

Faculty Writing Studios

During COVID-19, many JMU faculty have found it challenging to balance their teaching responsibilities with their core responsibilities of scholarship/research/creative endeavors. During the academic year the demands of teaching and service are intense and scholarship gets placed on the backburner. Need the space and time, and accountability to advance or complete that research, writing, or creative project? Join colleagues, who after a brief check-in with a CFI Faculty Associate, will be independently working in a common online space. At the close of each session participants will check-out by sharing their short-term goals for their project. Leave with a sense of accomplishment, a clear sense of your next steps, and increased scholarly productivity. 

Faculty Writing Studios (formerly Scholarly Writers' Lockdowns or Write on Site) are offered online throughout the semester on Tuesdays 9 AM-12 PM. Sign up for as few or as many as will fit your schedule.

Faculty Writing Communities

Faculty Writing Accountability Group (Online Faculty Community)

Fall 2020 group will meet online on Fridays 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, and 10/9 from 9 AM - 12:30 PM

Application deadline Tuesday, 9/15 at 5pm

Scholarly productivity can be fostered through participation in a faculty writing accountability group which encourages and supports the cultivation and completion of writing projects. This writing accountability group offers faculty an online space to dedicate time to writing, editing, and celebrating success. Over the course of one month, participants will meet through Zoom on four Fridays to hold each other accountable for a block of time. Participants need to commit to being present for these four 3.5 hour time blocks on these dates. Additionally, participants will interact with one another daily virtually. In the online component of this faculty community, participants can check-in, ask questions, and share writing difficulties and tips. Simply stated, writing is easier with encouragement and accountability. Why not try something new to enhance writing productivity?

Facilitated by: Yeonsoo Kim, College of Arts & Letters and CFI.


Faculty Writing Accountability Group (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)

Scholarly productivity can be fostered through participation in a faculty writing accountability group which encourages and supports the cultivation and completion of writing projects. This writing accountability group offers faculty a space to dedicate time to writing, editing, and celebrating success. Over the course of one month, participants will meet on four Fridays for a block of time to hold each other accountable. Participants need to commit to being physically present for these four 3.5 hour time blocks on these dates.  Additionally, participants will interact with one another on a daily basis virtually.  In the online component of this faculty community, participants can check-in, ask questions, and share writing difficulties and tips.  Simply stated, writing is easier with encouragement and accountability. Why not try something new to enhance writing productivity?

Facilitator: Yeonsoo Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies.


Finish Your Journal Article (Spring 2019)

Individual scholarly productivity will be fostered through participation in a writing accountability community that encourages and supports the cultivation and completion of a journal article over a 5-week period. This facilitated scholarship community offers faculty both an offline and online space to: develop a scholarly writer’s profile; plan a journal article; share and learn tips and strategies for successful publications; develop academic writing habits; dedicate time to writing and editing; and celebrate success. Over the 5-week period, participants will need to commit to being present for five, semi-structured, 3.5-hour meetings in person. Participants will also share their progress, tips, reflections, and hardships through an online accountability page to support each other. Whether working on a new manuscript or making revisions, this experience will help scholars move toward journal manuscript completion. 


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.

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