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 Western Research, is pleased to offer a series of initiatives and resources to help you un-block your writing and take it to the next level.

Academic Writing Drop-in Sessions | Friday Mornings

Show Up and Write is back!

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

Come join us to write alongside supportive colleagues from across campusin a quiet, focused environment. We will hold these sessions every Friday between 9:30 -11:30 AM, SH 3355.


  • We have booked a large room that seats 30 people, so please feel welcomed to bring your colleagues along, too.
  • This room is not 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.

Winter Reading Break Writing Retreat | FULL

Please note: this session is now full.

Enjoy the short- and long-term benefits of two days of uninterrupted time to focus on your writing, working alongside your colleagues. We will set personal goals for each day and discuss progress at lunchtime, but otherwise the bulk of our time will be spent working independently on our writing.

Coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided on both days, so there is absolutely nothing else to think about. Max. 30 participants – apply now to reserve your spot!

If you can only come for one day, please indicate which day when you apply. We will also accept applications from anyone wishing to participate remotely.


  • Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22 | 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Room TBD

Additional Information

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

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.