Workshops provide practical advice on a range of writing topics, including developing productive writing habits, balancing teaching and scholarly productivity, and managing large research projects. 

Our regular rotation includes the following topics: Developing a semester writing plan, Overcoming writing blocks, Balancing teaching and scholarly productivity, How to collaborate effectively, Cultivating readers for your work, Creating and sustaining writing groups, Making space for writing as a teacher/administrator, Revising your writing space, Supporting graduate students as writers.

Fall 2019 

Getting Writing Groups to Work for You

Thursday, September 19 | 12-1 
FHI Garage, Smith Warehouse Bay 4

How can writing groups help you advance your scholarship during the academic year?  Faculty who’ve participated in writing groups will share their own motivations, successes, and strategies. Participants will (1) Learn about different types of writing groups; (2) Identify which type of writing group may work best for them; (3) Learn how to join existing groups or start their own.  Co-sponsors Faculty Write Program and Franklin Humanities Institute. Speakers: Jennifer Ahern-Dodson (Writing Studies)  & Nicole Barnes (History). 

Summer 2019

Balancing Teaching and Scholarship: A Fall Course Planning Workshop 

Friday, August 9 | 9-3:30
King’s Daughters Inn
For faculty teaching in Fall 2019. Update:  Workshop is full.  Please email to be added to waiting list. 

At the start of every semester, do you hope that, finally, this will be the one... 

...when you don't get overwhelmed by teaching?

 ...when you also make progress on your writing and research?

...when you make a realistic plan for how you will spend your time, and then actually stick to it?  

In this workshop, award-winning teacher Monique Dufour will show you how you can optimize your time and promote student learning. Learn why it's hard to manage the time you spend on teaching, why you should, and how you can. 

Registration is required.  Please register here.

Enhancing Scholarly Productivity

Friday, May 10 | 12-1:30
Lakeview Pavilion East

Never seem to have time to finish those manuscripts? Having trouble finding motivation to write a grant?  Maybe you have a paper in the final stages but it doesn’t feel good enough to submit? In this workshop, we'll discuss strategies to help increase writing productivity and satisfaction with writing. Workshop for Early Career Development Program, Division of Child and Family Health.

Spring 2019:

Engaged Scholarship Lunch Series


Please join us as we spotlight faculty from across campus who collaborate with people beyond the academy in their scholarly endeavors. Please RSVP (links below). Lunch is provided. 

Legal clinics (Wrongful Convictions and Civil Justice) and community collaborations | Wednesday, April 3, 12 – 1 p.m. in Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011) — RSVP 

Jesse McCoy, James Scott Farrin Senior Lecturing Fellow, Supervising Attorney, Civil Justice Clinic Theresa Newman, Charles S. Rhyne Clinical Professor of Law, Co-Director, Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Partnering with local Latinx communities for immigrant rights | Wednesday, April 10, 12 – 1 p.m. in Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011) — RSVP

Liliana Paredes, Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies AND Orin Starn, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History

Community-based approaches to addressing issues of environmental health and justice |Wednesday, April 17, 12 -1 p.m. in Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011) — RSVP

Liz Shapiro-Garza, Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management AND Catherine Kastleman, Program Coordinator, Superfund Research Center

FALL 2018:

Engaged Scholar Network Discussion

Wednesday, September 26, 12:00-1:00 
Rubenstein Library 349 (New location)

Are you teaching an engaged pedagogy such as service-learning, community-based research, or participatory action research and interested in advancing your scholarship? Does your research include community partners? Do you want to explore ways to connect with other faculty who are also working on public or community-engaged scholarship? 

Please join us for an informal lunch discussion about community engaged scholarship across various disciplines. Hear about your colleagues' research. Learn about a faculty initiative to support and connect faculty with emerging interest or experience in community engaged scholarship. This event is a collaboration with Duke Faculty Write, the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Office of Civic Engagement, and the Service-Learning Program. Lunch provided.

Please RVSP by 9/24:

Balancing Teaching and Scholarly Productivity

Thursday, September 27, 1:30 - 3:00
East Duke Pink Parlor Room

Teaching takes time and energy, two of our most precious and limited resources. In this workshop, we will discuss how to direct your time and energy to promote learning while also making time for your other responsibilities (especially writing). Participants will: (1) Track how they are spending their time and energy on teaching; (2) Assess the effectiveness of these choices for student learning; (3) Discover principles and strategies that enhance efficiency and learning. Workshop leader: Dr. Monique Dufour, an award- winning teacher with extensive experience in faculty development. Space is limited. RSVP to Vanessa Turnier (  

Getting Useful Feedback on Your Writing

Friday, October 12,  12-1
Art Building 116

How can you get useful feedback on your works-in-progress? How can you limit the reader feedback you don’t need? In this workshop, participants will learn a range of strategies for asking for and getting feedback from different types of readers in a range of contexts, including writing groups, mentors and editors, and co-authors. Participants will have the opportunity to practice at least one feedback strategy and are welcome to bring a short piece of writing (1-2 pages) in any stage of development to exchange in a small group. Writing could be scholarly, professional (teaching statement, eg) or fiction. Writing exchange is optional. Bring your lunch, and we'll provide drinks and dessert. 

Creating Space for Engaged Scholarship

Monday, October 15, 1:30-3:30

Engaged scholars face the challenge of balancing many commitments, including scholarship, teaching, and partnerships. In this workshop, we will discuss how to begin to establish your priorities, and to align them with faculty evaluation standards. Participants will (1) Establish their goals as engaged scholars; (2) Consider how they may align their goals with their priorities and faculty evaluation standards; (3) Discuss planning and writing strategies to make progress on their priorities. Workshop for UNC Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program.

New workshops are added regularly throughout the year. Check back often.


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