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The SWG Program, which runs May to August, brings together faculty members from all disciplines and career stages in small peer groups to help spur writing productivity and foster cross-disciplinary connections. Peer groups meet regularly throughout the summer at times that suit them and have the freedom to structure their writing group activities as they wish.

As part of the SWG Program, the CFE is offering a Special Topics Series of workshops for all participants. The first workshop, Developing a Habit of Writing: Theory and Practice was held Friday, June 29. A follow-on session in partnership with UNC Libraries was helped July 27 and focused on Think Research Impact Before Publishing: Tips and Tools. The closing celebration of the 2018 SWG was held on October 12, 12-1:30 pm and included lunch, presentations on publishing participants’ work, and networking/socializing.

Other Writing Resources

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity provides resources for writing, virtual writing groups, as well as virtual coaching to help with your writing.

Whether you were a member of the SWG2018 or not, you should consider the NCFDD’s 14-Day Writing Challenge: Registration ends Thursday, October 25. Membership is free for UNC faculty and you can set up your free account here. The 14-Day Challenge gives any UNC faculty member an opportunity to experiment with daily writing, online community, and supportive accountability. Your engagement is very simple:

  • Commit to writing every day for at least 30 minutes.
  • For each writing session, log into the NCFDD online community, start the timer, complete your writing, and post your progress at the end.
  • Take 5 minutes to support other writers in your group by commenting on their progress.

This experience should offer you a solid push toward initiating or finishing your writing project, but it may not be for you if:
1. You don’t want to post your progress on a daily basis and/or
2. You don’t want to interact with other people.


Please contact Darin Knapp if you have any questions about if this program will meet your scholarly writing needs.


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