The UNT Faculty Writing Group provides support for faculty members on establishing and maintaining productive writing habits. We regularly hold a “writing retreat” during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Writing retreats run from 8 am to 5 pm, and faculty members work on their writing projects. Breakfast, coffee, and lunch are provided at writing retreats. We have five to seven writing retreats planned for this fall semester. The attendees of our previous retreats included faculty from all colleges and ranks including lecturers. We occasionally hold a discussion or presentation during lunch. The discussion and presentation topics include information about the group, developing a daily writing habit, staying motivated, time management, developing an organization system, setting writing goals, and advice from faculty about tenure and promotion.
In addition, we offer books for members of the group on writing topics to help them with their productivity. These books include How to Write A Lot by Silvia, Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful Writing by Goodson, Professors as Writers by Boice, Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success by Belcher, and Deep Work by Newport. We have a core set of writing books that are tremendously helpful and available for the faculty to read.