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Virtual Mini Faculty Writing Retreats

As a “virtual” substitute for the faculty writing retreats that had to be cancelled this spring, we are offering a weekly, mini writing retreat for any interested faculty starting next week and running for 4 weeks. These sessions will include directed writing time, as well as optional breakout workshop sessions with our facilitator, Monique Dufour. All Virginia Tech faculty (tenured or tenure-track, collegiate, continued appointment or continued appointment track, research, extension, clinical, instructors, adjuncts) are invited to participate.

We fully recognize that faculty must establish priorities for their personal and professional responsibilities and that many faculty will not be able to focus on writing and other scholarly activities while caring for their families, teaching in new ways, and focusing on staying healthy, physically and mentally. We want to assure you that is understandable and okay. This program is offered to provide support to anyone who wishes to participate and focus on any kind of writing task, whatever that may look like in our current environment.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP no later than midnight on April 7th.

Once registered, you will receive a Zoom link for the sessions you have registered for. We understand that schedules are in flux right now, so your registration is an expression of interest in attending, but does not obligate you to attend if your plans or needs change. Please share this information with any other faculty you think might be interested.

Here is the schedule of sessions:

  • Thursday, April 9 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, April 15 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 20 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, April 28 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Each session will follow the same schedule.  

For the 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon sessions:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Goal Setting for Writing Sessions. How to set goals and use the time that you have. 

9:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Writing Session

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Optional breakout session 1: TBD

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Optional breakout session 2: How to create a virtual writing group. 

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Checkout/input for future breakout sessions

 

For the 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. sessions:

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Goal Setting for Writing Sessions. How to set goals and use the time that you have. 

1:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Writing Session

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Optional breakout session 1: TBD

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Optional breakout session 2: How to create a virtual writing group. 

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.

Checkout/input for future breakout sessions