Faculty Writing Support Program


Feeling challenged focusing on your academic writing? The Faculty Writing Support Program, led by professors Emily Abrams Ansari and Kelly Olson, in partnership with Research Western, is pleased to offer a series of initiatives and resources to help you un-block your writing and take it to the next level.

Impediments to Research Productivity: What is Slowing you Down? | February 10, 2020

Monday, February 10, 2020 | 2:30-4:30 p.m. | January 10-April 10, 2019 | Talbot College 340

This workshop for Western faculty members and postdoctoral scholars is designed as a check-in about your personal and professional goals for the academic year. Together we’ll examine your research agenda; identify obstacles blocking your progress on writing; suggest strategies to avoid mistakes; look at realistic scheduling practices, and identify the types of support and accountability you need to continue to make this your most productive and balanced year ever.

Registration is now full, but you can sign up for our waitlist and we will notify you if space becomes available.

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Academic Writing Drop-in Sessions | Winter 2020

Show Up and Write!

Fridays, 9:30-11:30 p.m. | January 10-April 10, 2019 | Social Science Centre 2040

Need some help committing to a regular writing practice? We have organized a weekly drop-in session every Friday as part of Western's new Faculty Writing Support Program for faculty members.

Come join us to write alongside supportive colleagues from across campus in a quiet, focused environment. We will hold these sessions every Friday between 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. You don't need to come every week.


  • We have booked a large room that seats 30 people, so please feel welcomed to bring your colleagues along, too.
  • This room isn't an especially cozy space for writing, but it does have good availability of power outlets, is centrally located, and provides room to spread out. (Note: we will not be providing refreshments; please bring your own).
  • Not to worry if you can't manage the whole two hours, or can't come every week: come sporadically or regularly, as is useful to you.
  • Please note that these sessions will not involve discussions about writing (although you are welcome to have these afterwards). Our plan is for each of us to spend the time on quiet, focused, solitary work in the company of our colleagues.
  • No need to register: feel free to show up and write whenever you would like.


Additional Information

Western's Faculty Writing Support Program is a grassroots enterprise led by Western faculty members with support and funding from Research Western.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Emily Abrams Ansari, Associate Professor, Music Research and Composition, or Kelly Olson, Associate Professor, Classical Studies, Women's Studies and Law.