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 for assistance.

Faculty Writing Studios

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?

Either in-person or online, join colleagues, who after a brief check-in with facilitators, will be independently working in a common 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.

Review the CFI Events webpage for upcoming program dates or go directly to our program registration website at the link below. Sign up for as few or as many as will fit your schedule.

  • In-person Registration (dates rotate for the semester)
  • Online Registration (select Fridays)

Refer to the CFI Program event feed page for current Faculty Writing Studio program offerings!

Note: A CFI consultant WILL be available during the Faculty Writing Studio program this academic year. However, scholarship consultations are also available on an ongoing basis and may be requested in advance by submitting a Scholarship Consultation request.

Faculty Writing Communities

Faculty Writing Accountability Group 

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?

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

Previous Groups held: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021

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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