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Summer Writing Group 2021

The 2021 Summer Writing Group (SWG) Program runs from May to August. This popular program brings together faculty members from all disciplines and career stages in small groups to spur writing productivity and foster cross-disciplinary connections. The 2021 SWG incorporates Special Topics sessions throughout the summer.

Special Topics Schedule

May 14, Developing a Habit of Writing

We’ve all heard that the key to successful writing is to develop a habit of it. This means engaging with writing through a routine that is practiced regularly. In this workshop, we’ll consider the development of a writing habit from theoretical and practical perspectives. Topics will include:

  • Why develop a habit of writing?
  • Writing habits of contemporary and historical writers
  • Developing a habit of writing: What can psychology and neurobiology tell us?
  • Developing a habit of writing: barriers and strategies for overcoming them
  • Creating your individualized plan for developing a habit of writing

May 14, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

May 28, Writing With and Writing As an International Scholar

Are you collaborating with international scholars? Are you writing in English as an additional language? Join Writing Center Director, Kim Abels, and Senior English Language Specialist, Gigi Taylor, for this conversation about challenges, opportunities, strategies, and resources for productive writing in multilingual collaborations.

May 28, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

June 21, Think Research Impact Before Publication

Bring your laptops and abstracts/topics for this practical and impactful Special Topics Session. We are partnering with University Libraries staff to help you navigate the many decisions you must make around publishing your scholarly work. Topics will include:

  • Finding the best-fit journal or publisher for your scholarly project
  • Keeping rights to post or re-use your work
  • Increasing access to your work and tracking its reach

June 21, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

July 16, Publishing Your Work

So you have produced (or want to produce) a work for publication, such as a book or journal article. Now what? Join fellow faculty and staff to discuss the process of engaging with journals and book publishers to get your scholarly work published. Registrants will be sent the Zoom link for this session.

July 16, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

August 13 or 20, SWG Celebration: Writers Share Successes and Challenges

For more information about the program, contact Darin Knapp at