Partners in Writing

This collaboration between the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning and the Humanities Lab aims to support American University faculty with their writing projects. Active for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Partners in Writing

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Many faculty members find it useful to partner with colleagues when working on an individual writing project. For some, being part of a group or team creates a sense of accountability, offers moral support, and helps keep projects on track. Others benefit from exchanging writing drafts with colleagues in the same or different fields.
This new collaborative program provides an opportunity for AU faculty to form writing teams, and to use the Humanities Lab Workspace (Battelle 228) as a quiet and open writing space once a week. We provide the basic structure and space, and invite you to create your own teams and use the time to work on a new or ongoing project, finish a syllabus or proposal, or jump-start a new idea. We hope this new pilot initiative helps you focus on your writing even in the middle of a busy semester, and look forward to your comments and ideas.
Naomi Baron, Executive Director, CTRL
Despina Kakoudaki, Director, Humanities Lab


Here is the schedule for Fall 2016:

Launch:  Wed. August 17, 2016, 9:30 am -12:30 pm

“Partners in Writing: Three Peaceful Hours”

This launch event  is part of the CTRL  Teaching, Research, and Technology workshops,  in August 2016. After a brief overview of the Partners in Writing program,  the workshop will consist of open time for you to work on your own projects in the quiet company of your colleagues. Please register through online registration for the CTRL August workshops.
Location: Humanities Lab, Battelle-Tompkins 228


WritingSpace:  Thursday September 15, 2016, and every Thursday morning, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Every Thursday morning, and throughout the Fall semester, the Humanities Lab Workspace (Battelle-Tompkins 228) will be open for faculty and writing teams. No reservations required. Just bring your project and take advantage of this quiet space on-campus.
Location: Humanities Lab, Battelle-Tompkins 228


WritingTeams: Let us know if you are forming your own team so we can get a sense of how the writing partners concept is working. Alternatively, we can assist in forming teams.