The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

Faculty Writing Program

The Faculty Writing Program offers regular groups for writing, peer critique and pitch sessions, as well as salons, faculty lunches, and one-day and weekend retreats.  Each program helps create a community of colleagues, as well as a proven structure for helping faculty achieve their writing goals.



“Write-on-Site” Groups.   Leave the laundry pile at home, bring your laptop and project, and share writing time with other faculty.   Most writers benefit from writing in the same space with others.   The right mix of structured time and community support will help you write on a regular schedule.   

Facilitated Critique Groups. Critique groups provide low-stakes deadlines and a built-in audience for your work-in-progress.  Participants exchange work and offer critique.  Groups are small in order to keep your time commitment low and your benefits high.

Science Faculty “Pitch” Session Groups.  At a pitch session, you present your work orally, refining and clarifying your findings before committing them to paper.

“15-minutes-a-day” online group.   It takes most of us 15 minutes to get past our resistance to writing, so you’ll find that your 15 minutes will often lead to a longer session.  This technique also keeps your project alive throughout the week, so it’s easier to pick up where you left off, when you have more time.  Coming in Spring 2011 (we’re developing software).

Spring 2011 Faculty Writing Schedule


Faculty Writing Lunches.  "Dissertation to Book: Revising, Proposals, Publishers, and Contracts." A panel of faculty will speak about their experiences turning dissertations into books, including tips on writing a book proposal, dealing with revisions, editors, and contracts. Q & A to follow.  

**Wednesday, February 23, 12:00-1:00, McLaren

**Thursday, February 24, 11:40-12:40, McLaren

Faculty Salons. Writing Salons celebrate the work faculty do too often in isolation. Faculty members speak briefly about their work, followed by conversation, afternoon snacks and a glass of wine.   If you’d like to present your work at a Salon, please be in touch.

**Thursday, February 17, 4:30-6:00, UC 222 -- Aaron Hahn Tapper, Aysha Hidayatullah and Taymiya R Zaman On Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities 

**Wednesday, March 23, 4:30-6:00, UC 222 -- Annick Wibben on Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach and Stephanie Vandrick on Interrogating Privilege: Reflections of a Second Language Educator


On-Campus Writing Retreats for Tenure-Track Faculty. These one-day retreats includes breakfast, lunch and a full day of writing.  During short breaks, you have the chance to meet other faculty from across the college and share ideas.  If you're working towards tenure, take advantage of this day away from distractions and get a big jump on your semester writing goals. 

**Saturday, February 12, 9am - 5pm, UC 503

**Saturday, March 26, 9am - 5pm, UC 222

**Saturday, April 16, 9am - 5pm, KA 399

Writing Mentors.  Especially designed to support tenure-track faculty, the mentorship program can help you get your dissertation done, provide feedback on an article or book proposal, offer second language support, or even teach you to craft a sentence more gracefully.

For more information, please contact Tracy Seeley at