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Faculty Writing Cooperative

We invite you to join our SUMMER 2023 Faculty Writing Cooperative. This program brings faculty together from across disciplines for scheduled writing sessions to write alongside others and to support best practices for writing satisfaction and productivity.

All Villanova faculty and post-doctoral scholars are invited to enroll in this semester/summer-long program.

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What is the VIRS Faculty Writing Cooperative?

This program combines:

1) peer-led, scheduled blocks of time (based on individual availability) for writing alongside others to ensure accountability and productivity;

2) an intensive, facilitated write-in day to cap off the program and celebrate accomplishments.

This is a more flexible, more peer-managed version of our Writing Group program.

Why join?

Writing often takes a back seat to other faculty responsibilities (teaching, administration, mentorship, etc.). We can fall behind on productivity goals and motivation. A structured writing program rooted in the concepts of frequency, duration, and intensity promises the best outcomes for writing goals. 

What are the commitments?

  1. Sign up by Monday, May 22, 2023 to participate in at least six 2-hour write-in sessions during the summer. 
  2. Attend an orientation session the first week (Tuesday, May 30 - Thursday, June 1) if you are new to the program.
  3. Attend the intensive write-in day if available the last week before classes resume in the fall, date TBD.

How does it work?

Signing up for 2-hour writing sessions:

Write-in sessions are two-hour blocks of time where faculty gather (in person or online) to work individually on their writing. Time is structured in at the beginning and end for sharing goals, accomplishments, and writing strategies.

Facilitating sessions:

This is a peer-led program. One faculty member serves as facilitator each session. Faculty are free to sign up for as many or as few facilitator slots as they like.

Facilitating a session is simple:

  • Set the location. Share a Zoom link for an online session or secure a space for an in-person session (consider department conference rooms, reservable rooms across campus, local coffee shops). 
  • Facilitate the introductions and wrap up.
  • Keep the time—ensure the intro and closing discussions do not surpass 10 minutes
  • Submit attendance on the sign-up sheet.

The write-in sessions echo the structure of the writing group program. For participants who have not been involved in our writing group program or a previous co-op, we recommend taking a facilitation slot after you have participated in a session led by someone else.

The write-in day:

The program will culminate in a day of writing to take place the week leading up to graduation. We will provide a comfortable environment for a day of focused writing, collegiality, lunch, and wine and cheese to celebrate our writing accomplishments during the semester.


What is the schedule?

Program Dates and Deadlines


Register to participate: by Monday, May 22nd, 2023

The program begins Tuesday, May 30th and runs through August 10th, 2023.

The sign-up sheet will be sent to registrants in early May.

Orientation: If you are new to the program, please sign up for at least one session the first week.

Weekly schedule.

Summer 2023 sessions are scheduled Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 9:30 - 11:30 am and 1:00-3:00 pm

Write-In Day Program Wrap-Up

A full day of writing, reflecting on the summer, and preparing for the new semester, at the Curley Exchange during the week of August 14 - 18th, 2023. Coffee, snacks, lunch, and happy hour provided.