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.

Workshop: Making Space for Research During the Academic Year

Friday, October 18, 2019 | 12-1:30 p.m., UC 1105

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Do you struggle to fit research and writing time in during the busy academic year?

In this workshop for Western faculty members and postdoctoral scholars, you will identify your personal and professional goals for the academic year, create a strategic plan to accomplish them, examine and implement realistic scheduling practices, and identify the types of support and accountability you need to make this your most productive and balanced year ever. As a group, we’ll identify situations that exacerbate research stress; suggest strategies to avoid those mistakes; and challenge you to take a few small steps forward to start gaining some control over your time and productivity.

Autumn Reading Break Writing Retreat

Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Would you benefit from two supportive days of focused writing with your colleagues to set you up to meet writing goals over the months ahead? With Research Western's support, the Faculty Writing Support Program will host a two-day retreat on Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

To make this retreat effective, we can only welcome 30 faculty members at this time. If you can only come for one day, please indicate which day when you register. We will also accept applications for anyone off-campus wishing to participate remotely.


  • When: Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, 2019: 9 a.m.- 4 p.m, UC 2105.
  • Who: Full- and part-time faculty and postdoctoral scholars at Western.
  • What: After brief introductions and goal-setting, the bulk of the day will be spent writing quietly alongside one another.
  • Brain Nourishment: Caffeinated and non-caffeinated beverages, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019.

Academic Writing Drop-in Sessions | Fall 2019

Show Up and Write!

Fridays, 9:30-11:30 p.m. | September 6-December 6, 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.