National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. An independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members to help them improve writing and research productivity and life/work balance. Duke is an institutional member of NCFDD.  Find out more about the  programs available to members by visiting the Office of Faculty Advancement website.


To schedule an individual consultation on your writing project, discuss creating and sustaining writing groups, or plan a workshop or writing retreat for your university, department or program, contact Dr. Ahern-Dodson at

Recommendations from Writing Retreat Participants


  • Pomodoro Method: A useful timed technique for structuring writing sessions and productivity.
  • An online tool to help promote the daily habit of writing. The idea is that if you can get in the habit of writing three pages a day, that it will help clear your mind and get the ideas flowing for the rest of the day. . . 750 Words is the online, future-ified, fun-ified translation of this exercise
  • The Professor is In: UNSTUCK: The Art of Productivity. A self-directed online course devoted to changing writing habits and getting work from stalled to submitted.  


  • Scrivener: a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. 
  • See also: Everything Scrivener


  • She Writes: She Writes is a community, virtual workplace, and emerging marketplace for women who write, with over 20,000 active members from all 50 states and more than 30 countries.
  • Writers on Writing: A New York Times series that features writers exploring literary themes. The archive is available at the New York Times website.