Faculty Writing Support

The Writing Center helps Bucknell faculty hone their writing skills and offers advice on book proposals.

To schedule an appointment with a member of the Writing Center professional staff, call 570-577-314.

Individual Consultations on Writing

Many members of the faculty and staff consult us about their own writing. In private sessions, you can talk about your ideas, read us your draft, revise a chapter of your book, edit your dissertation, or practice a professional presentation.

Individual sessions typically last for one hour. In these sessions, writers are asked to describe their chief concerns about a draft in progress and are invited to read the draft aloud to the consultant, stopping when questions arise or when the consultant or writer wishes to summarize or ask for clarification.

Consultants may provide instruction in editing and proofreading, but they will not serve as editors or proofreaders of your work.

Faculty Writers Boot Camp

Sometimes it is easier to write when you articulate your goals to like-minded peers, commit to a plan and work in the presence of others engaged in similar tasks. We sponsor writing retreats, typically lasting five days, in early January and during spring break.

Participants are expected to commit to writing together for all five days of the session, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day, with scheduled breaks for coffee/tea and lunch (lunch and continental breakfast are provided).

Sign-ups are invited via the faculty listserv in November and February on a first-come, first-served basis.

For another perspective on the writing boot camp phenomenon, see Ashley Sanders' article from Inside Higher Ed.

Book Proposals

Faculty and staff members writing book proposals may find helpful the following documents from a book proposal workshop co-sponsored by Bucknell University Press and the Office of Sponsored Projects.

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