Tomato timer

Pomodoro Technique for Writers

Friday, August 21, 2020
A small red timer in the shape of a tomato is the key to Sabrina Thomas’ focus.  She sets the timer for 25-minutes and gets started on single task such as responding to email, writing a transition paragraph in her book about Black doll production in the 20thcentury or preparing for an...
May 1 Writing Group Participants

A sense of a week, a sense of community: When our writing group moved online

Friday, May 1, 2020
I have been attending Faculty Write writing groups for years now, either as a participant or as a convener. I look forward to them every single time. Though I consider myself an introvert, I have come to realize that I need to feel that I am working in a community that will sustain me and my...
Ed Balleisen, Julia Reidhead and Dean Smith discussed the changing book publishing industry in a recent talk at Rubenstein Libra

Advice for Would-Be Book Authors

Friday, November 15, 2019
Part of the role of a university press is to help authors identify the right publishing home for their work, even if that means “losing” the project to another press, Duke University Press Director Dean Smith told an audience of Duke faculty members, staff and students last week. Smith’s...
A faculty retreat incorporates movement into the writing experience

Need to Get Past that Writer's Block? Get Up and Dance

Monday, February 25, 2019
Article courtesy of Duke Today.  A group of Duke faculty members received a new tool last week in the fight against writer’s block: dance. A Feb. 15 writing retreat taught scholars how to get their writing moving. The retreat, a collaboration between Duke Arts and the...
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How I Wrote My First Book

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Nicole Elizabeth Barnes On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, historian Nicole Elizabeth Barnes joined the Faculty Write Program's First Book Faculty Writing Group to talk about her experience writing her first book, Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China 1937-1945 (...
What one word describes your experience with authorship?

Whose Paper is it Anyway? A Discussion on Authorship

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Article courtesy of Duke University School of Medicine. Authorship remains both a primary means for sharing scientific discovery and a primary currency for demonstrating an individual’s scientific contribution.  Consequently, deciding authorship has the potential to impact careers...
Engaged Scholars Retreat

Building and Sustaining Momentum as Engaged Scholars

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
“As scholars, we often find ourselves being asked to separate teaching from scholarship from service,” says Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Thompson Writing Program and founder of the Faculty Write Program. The reality, however, is that all of those...
Emily Janke and Rebecca Dumlao

"How I Write": A Conversation with Engaged Scholars Emily Janke and Rebecca Dumlao

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
On November 9, 2018, Jennifer Ahern-Dodson spoke with Engaged Scholars Emily Janke and Rebecca Dumlao about their writing lives. Emily Janke is Associate Professor of the Peace and Conflict Studies department and Director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement at UNC...
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Constrained Thought and the Unexpected Merits of the Un-Conference

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
“What does it mean to write an informed opinion that does not include quotations or references?” This was the prompt, and the complaint, that I was posting about on my social media late on August 16, a day after my position paper was due for the conference Flow. Or rather, I should say, the un-...
John Warner Workshop

Writing about Teaching

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Six years ago, writing instructor John Warner realized that higher education had a problem. Record numbers of students were experiencing anxiety, sometimes so severe they could hardly bring themselves to attend class. Yet data showed that college students were studying less. “Somehow, they’re...