Writing Groups

Participants in a writing groupWriting is a significant part of our professional lives as faculty. We’re working on articles, grant proposals, books, teaching statements, blogs, or op-eds. Too often, however, we don’t have opportunities to talk about the process, our struggles, or to get feedback from readers outside (or even within) our own departments. It also can be difficult to find time to write given our other important commitments as teachers, mentors, and administrators.

The Faculty Write Program sponsors writing groups to enhance writing productivity, collegiality, and the exchange of ideas across disciplines. Writing group types include:

  • Feedback/writing exchange groups – each participant brings a short piece of writing to share for discussion.
  • Write-on-site – participants meet at an agreed upon time and place to work on independent writing projects alongside other faculty.
  • Accountability or “check-in” groups – faculty set goals and share their progress with other faculty (can be in person or virtual). Participants report back on their progress, and reporting to a group of peers increases their accountability to meet the outlined goals

  • Participants on Couches

Some groups form around specific topics (i.e. experiential education), type of writing (creative writing or public scholarship), or faculty cohort (new faculty, associate professors, women faculty). Writing groups form in September, December, and May. Please fill out this interest form if you’d like to participate in or lead a faculty writing group.

Fall 2019 Writing Groups 


Arrive with any materials you will need to work on your own writing, and write in good company with other faculty. Stay as long as your schedule allows. Coffee and snacks provided to fuel your efforts. Please contact the faculty convener directly if you are interested in joining.

  • Mondays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Art 106. (Begins August 26). Conveners: Melissa Simmermeyer (Romance Studies) simmerme@duke.edu and Barbara Dickinson (Dance).


  • Thursdays, 9-11:30 a.m. in the newly renovated top floor (Mezzanine) of Environment Hall on West Campus. (Begins September 5). Conveners: Charlotte Clark (NSOE) cclark@duke.edu and Dori Canelas (Chemistry).


  • Fridays, 10 a.m.-12:50 p.m. in Law School, Room 4172. (Begins September 6). Conveners: Lisa Griffin (Law) griffin@law.duke.edu and  Elisabeth DeFontenay (Law).

Contact Jennifer Ahern-Dodson (jahern@duke.edu) to discuss organizing a writing group, workshop, or retreat for your department, school, or program.