Each semester a group of faculty meets for one hour once a week to share written drafts and give each other positive feedback. Each member brings a short sample of their current project, either an article, a part of their dissertation, a blog, or a grant proposal. We read and converse about the writing on the spot so there is no advance reading required.

The group meets in the fourth floor Faculty Study in the Christopher Center. If you would like to participate, email Cynthia.Rutz@valpo.edu. Faculty or staff are welcome to join at any time during the semester.

These are some comments from faculty who have participated in the writing circles:

“I have had to write similar proposals since I was in the writing group, and I hear all their advice as I write. I am more organized and write with more clarity.”

Michele Corazzo, Art

“I love it because it helps keep me on track with my writing. It helped me complete the article that I just presented at the Southern Political Science Association.”

Amy Atchison, Political Science

“Having to be accountable to a group and having somewhere to go each week helped me get fifty pages written in six months.”

Bridget Kies, Core

“Participating in the writing circle helped me to complete a short article which is scheduled for publication.”

Bruce Ching, Law

Note: The philosophy of the writing circle is based on the work of Tara Gray, especially her book Publish and Flourish (Phillips Brothers Printers, 2005). Additional information can be found at her website: http://www.taragray.com/workshops/publish.html.