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Faculty Writing Initiative

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The forms of argument, analysis, invention, and communication that take place through writing are vital to scholarship and innovation in every field at the university. The Faculty Writing Initiative offers a suite of programs to support the writing process that drives faculty research and helps it assume a public voice. The Manuscript Review Award offers faculty members in-depth peer engagement with a scholarly manuscript so that it becomes a leading and field-changing book. Our Scholarly Publishing Symposium aims to demystify an industry undergoing rapid change. We also facilitate Peer Grant-Review Workshops, Public Writing Series, annual Writing Retreats, ongoing weekly Writing Support sessions, and a Summer Writing Boot Camp.

Our Support

Manuscript Review Award

The Manuscript Review Award, offered to six scholars annually, helps faculty members publish thought-provoking, field-changing books. Awardees receive a formal manuscript review plus a workshop/seminar led by an external senior scholar.

Scholarly Publishing Symposium

Key Insights from Experts, Editors, and Authors 

Interactive workshops and in-depth practical advice, each with expanded opportunities for Q&A. A hybrid event for Rutgers faculty; join us in person or online.

Public Writing Series

Storytelling. Opinion pieces. Podcasts. Social Media. A practical series for faculty seeking to share their expertise with a mainstream audience.

Writing Retreats

Two-day retreats offer uninterrupted writing time in the company of colleagues. We host Writing Retreats each year, open to all faculty universitywide, with lunchtime guests offering inspiration and writing advice.

Writing Support

Our consistent dedicated support includes four annual Writing Retreats, weekly Write-On-Sites and Writing Accountability Groups.

Weekly Write-On-Sites

Our weekly virtual writing sessions offer dedicated writing time amid the collective energy of colleagues. Sessions are held on Mondays from 1:00–3:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:00–11:00 a.m.

Summer Writing Boot Camp 

A four week faculty summer program offering practical workshops and dedicated writing time amid a community of scholars. 

 

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