Summer writing program for faculty kicks on May 2 online

The new William S. Dietrich II Institute for Writing Excellence will kick off its Summer Writing Days for full-time Pitt faculty with a “Getting to Know Your Project Again” launch event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2. 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the launch event will take place via Zoom and then participants will check in for Summer Writing Days through Microsoft Teams. Recordings of our launch event will be made available to those who want to participate in Summer Writing Days but who can’t attend part or all of the launch event.

The Summer Writing Days are for faculty who benefit from writing in the same space (virtually) as others also hard at work on their own projects and who feel like putting writing days on their schedule will help them stay on task.   

The launch event on May 2 will include some writing activities that will help participants reacquaint themselves with their writing projects, help in planning achievable goals and objectives for the summer months, and discussions of potential barriers to success.  

Faculty who are interested should have a hard-copy draft of their project along with whatever they need to start doing some work on it.   

Register here for the Summer Writing Days launch.

After the launch event, participants will meet virtually every Monday throughout summer sessions 1 and 2 through Microsoft Teams to write/read/research alongside others doing the same.

Robin Kear, a librarian in the University Library System, will be available for part of each writing day to answer questions about research.