This winter, while the temperature has plummeted, soared, fallen, settled, and shifted again, 13 faculty have been engaged in supported writing practice. It all started in January, when six faculty braved subzero wind chill to gather in The Writing Commons for a “Kick-Start” faculty writing retreat, designed and facilitated by Dr. David Martins, director of the University Writing Program. The retreat was intended to create a productive, warm environment for faculty to focus on writing, and included individual writing sessions, goal setting, directed writing activities, and individual consultations.
During the spring semester, two groups of other faculty also met in two different writing support groups. In the “accountability” group, faculty have been meeting regularly – face to face and virtually – to keep each other motivated, engaged, and productive on their individual writing projects. In the “response” group, faculty representing four different fields have met to share drafts and provide feedback on each other’s drafts.
When participants were asked what they appreciated about the writing support activities, they wrote:
The all-day retreat and writing support groups have been sponsored by the University Writing Program and Faculty Career Development, a unit within the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI), and will be offered again. For more information, contact David at David.Martins@rit.edu.