Center for Faculty Innovation

Online Writing Retreat: Advancing Scholarship through an Inclusive Co-Writing Community

Mon, 22 Mar 2021 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Group will meet online on Fridays, March 26, From 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, April 2. 9:00 AM-12:30 PM.

Registration deadline: Thursday, 3/22/2021 at 5 PM.

Do you find it difficult to focus on your academic projects due to the pandemic, other demands, or stress and anxiety? Are you seeking scholarly support to establish, reconnect, and gain scholarly momentum instead of procrastinating on scholarship work? Join us for two Fridays of a co-writing virtual scholars community retreat where participants can connect with other scholars who would like to find time and space to advance scholarship (e.g., goal-setting, co-writing sessions, and practicing writing habits). Participants will have an opportunity to share ideas, successes, challenges, and resources to foster a more diverse and inclusive scholarly community on campus. We strongly encourage underrepresented faculty groups to apply to amplify their voices and needs for resources and community support. This is an excellent opportunity for scholars to develop a stronger sense of scholarly community at JMU and a support system for scholarly productivity. The tentative schedule will be two Fridays (and a week in between) as shown below:

Tentative Schedule:

All sessions will be held on Zoom (link forthcoming).

Friday, March 26th:

  • 9:00 am to 9:30 am: Introductions, goals of the retreat, mindfulness/quiet centering, setting goals for a writing project.
  • 9:30 am-12:00 pm: 2.5 hours of uninterrupted asynchronous writing time
    • (11:00 pm to 12:00 pm: Optional Scholarly Talk - Mindful Practices to Help Deepen Community-Based Projects)
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: (2 workshop tracks; Attend the workshop of your choice) – TENTATIVE
    • Diversity/Inclusion: Amplifying BIPOC faculty voices and resources
    • Scholarship Agendas: Prioritize projects and manage your time workshop.
  • 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm: 90 mins of uninterrupted scholarship time and/or optional scholarship consultations with CFI co-facilitators
  • 2:45 to 3:00 pm: Reflection on goals and setting goals for upcoming week.

 March 26th- April 2nd: Spend the week establishing consistent writing routines and tracking progress.

 Friday, April 2nd:

  • 9:00 am to 9:30 am: Re-introductions, discuss our progress, overcoming challenges in the process, and sharing successes.
  • 9:30 am to 11:30 am: 2 hours of uninterrupted scholarship time and/or optional scholarship consultations with CFI co-facilitators
  • 11:30 am to 12:15 pm (2 workshop tracks; Attend the workshop of your choice) – TENTATIVE
    • Stay connected with your scholarship – scholarship productivity strategies & tips.
    • Foster a more diverse and inclusive scholarly community Roundtable
  • 12:15: Close and Group Picture


Read what faculty have said about the power of past retreats:

“I felt this program was a safe space to learn and grow together and emphasized the importance of connecting with and helping others in their academic journey.” 

“It was encouraging to meet JMU scholars with diverse backgrounds and identities and to exchange challenges, strategies, and stories around our scholarly journey. I believe part of the reason I felt peace is the inclusive space intentionally designed by CFI.” 

“Making progress on a scholarship project. I was avoiding the paper that I ended up working on while I was at the retreat. I have been putting off working on it for months, so it was nice to finally have organized time set aside… to work on it.”

“I think the mindfulness along with the scholarship helped me to be productive. It was also helpful just being around others who wanted to be productive in their work.”

“Everything about the retreat exceeded my expectations. I did get some writing/editing done, but I also gained so much more: a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm, helpful writing and productivity strategies, new friendships with wonderful colleagues, and a strong sense of community.”


Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes:

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity; and
  • Advancing scholarly skills.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Advancing a scholarly writing project;
  • Identifying and implementing effective strategies for more productive writing habits;
  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits; and
  • Appreciating equity, diversity, and inclusion issues in scholarship with fellow scholars.

CFI programs will be canceled automatically if JMU is closed for inclement weather.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. 

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, or (540)568-4846.

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