Bruce K. Nelson Faculty Development Center

109 Halle Library
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

[email protected]

Shut Up and Write Workshops

Come join us in the FDC for some uninterrupted writing! The FDC is hosting four two hour in-person sessions for faculty and lecturers to focus on their writing without distractions. Sarah Walsh will be available during the online sessions and Stephanie Wladkowski will be meeting in-person to help provide guidance and offer support while faculty and lecturers are writing.

Session dates and times

In-Person Sessions

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from noon-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from noon-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from noon-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 TBA

Online Sessions

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 1-3 p.m.

Registration Form

Additional Workshops

We will also be hosting two additional workshops. One will consist of a peer review led by Sarah Walsh and the second workshop will be about time management and organizing a research agenda session led by Stephanie Wladkowski.

Peer Review for any Academic Writing

Friday, November 8, 2019 from 3-5 p.m.

Do you need fresh eyes to review your book proposal before you send it out?  Are you concerned that the argument in your article isn't clear?  Concerned about presenting your ideas in a way that conforms to a funder's proposal guidelines?

Join us the Research Writer's Collaborative for our first Peer Review session of the year on Friday, November 8th from 3-5 in the FDC as we help each other overcome these challenges!

If you would like to participate in the Peer Review session on 11/8, please email your draft to [email protected] by Monday, November 4th.  This will give us a chance to divide the drafts among reviewers and give your colleagues time to read and provide comments in advance.  Since we come from different disciplines, in years past we have found it helpful to include a short paragraph to introduce the writing and your goals to the reviewer (is this a manuscript for an academic journal? a report for a general audience? a grant proposal? do you have length constraints you must adhere to? are you looking for feedback on the structure of your argument? the clarity of your ideas?  grammar and syntax?  help us help you!)

If you cannot send out a draft in advance, you are still welcome to attend the workshop on 11/8.  Please bring two or three hard copies of your work and recognize that the feedback you receive may be more cursory if reviewers did not get a draft in advance.

Time Management And Organization Workshop

Monday, December 2, 2019 from noon-2 p.m.

Let’s Set Writing Goals for 2020!

Have you met your writing goals for 2019? Do not throw in the towel just yet as there is time to set manageable writing goals within an already packed semester. In this workshop, we will identify strategies that help you advance your writing projects, between your teaching and service obligations. We will map out a few writing plans that will fit within YOUR schedule to meet your writing goals. Or simply come for writing motivation for the new year, especially before your brain switches to winter course prepping full-time. Our goal is for you to have a writing plan in your hand at the end of this session. You can register for this workshop by clicking the Registration From button at the top of this page. 

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