Online Summer Writing Programs

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In Summer 2022, the FAS Scholars as Leaders; Scholars as Learners will offer a series of online writing programs for ladder faculty:

  • How To Be a Public Scholar will provide faculty members with opportunities to hone their skill at writing for broad audiences and will include opportunities to consult with newspaper or magazine editors, and media relations staff from the Office of Public Affairs and Communications. Led by K. Anne Amienne of Scholars and Writers Consulting.
  • Summer Writing Reconnect is designed for faculty seeking guidance and support in developing sustainable writing habits and strategies for balancing writing, research, and other aspects of scholarly and personal life. This is the third summer that we have offered Writing Reconnect, and those who have taken part in the past have reported that it has had a transformational effect on their approach to writing. Led by K. Anne Amienne of Scholars and Writers Consulting.
  • Focus Fridays, a coach-led co-working program facilitated by WellAcademic. This program provides facilitated, online co-working time for faculty who wish to make progress on projects in a community setting.

Full details and program dates are below. To apply, complete the application form below by May 23, 2022.


Applications are welcome from any ladder faculty member with a primary or fully joint appointment in an FAS department or program.

Due to space limitations, FAS faculty may only participate in one of How To Be a Public Scholar, Summer Writing Reconnect, or Focus Fridays. If you are interested in more than one of these programs, you may indicate this on your application form and rank the programs in order of preference.

Application Process

To apply, FAS ladder faculty members may fill out the application form below by May 23, 2022. You may direct questions to

Program Descriptions

How To Be a Public Scholar

Led by K. Anne Amienne of Scholars and Writers Consulting, with selected sessions led by the Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications

All sessions will take place online

Public scholarship pushes you to sharpen your thinking, refine your arguments, and ask bigger, more meaningful questions. And it allows you to influence audiences far beyond the academy. This workshop helps faculty become public scholars. Over 8 weeks, we approach the subject through lecture, conversation, writing exercises, and facetime with an editor seeking pitches from academics. You will learn how to pitch a piece and then to carry it through the process of writing, revising, and publishing for a general audience by working individually with an award-winning journalist. Along the way, you will learn a lot about writing stronger, more engaging prose no matter what you write. But more than that, you will learn how to think like a public scholar as you approach all aspects of your research and writing life. By extending your reach beyond academia to the wider world, you will discover how you can impact public discourse and raise your profile.

A group of 6-10 faculty members will meet for 1 hour each week for 8 weeks, beginning the week of June 6, 2022. Date and time will be determined based on participant availability.

  • Session 1: How to Think Like a Public Scholar 
  • Session 2: How to Be an Expert 
  • Session 3: How to Ask Interesting Questions – And Answer Them
  • Session 4: How to Think Like Your Editor 
  • Session 5: How to Pitch
  • Session 6: How to Tell a Story
  • Session 7: How to Find Your Voice 
  • Session 8: How to Speak So Your Audience Will Listen

Summer Writing Reconnect: Transform Your Approach to Writing

Led by K. Anne Amienne of Scholars and Writers Consulting

All sessions will take place online

This online workshop helps you make significant progress on your writing this summer. You will learn how to create better habits, change the way you think about writing, and find more enthusiasm for bringing your writing to engaged audiences while handling the challenges of making time for research, teaching, service responsibilities – and the rest of life. You receive readings before each session and a chance to try out new habits before the next meeting. In between sessions, you will participate in a supportive and encouraging Slack group. Participants leave feeling more energized to write for a designated time each day and to engage with “big idea” writing with less worry, fewer distractions, and greater satisfaction. 

 A group of 4-6 faculty members will meet Tuesdays at 10:00 AM beginning the week of June 6, 2022.

  • Session 1: Motivate Yourself and Settle into a Routine
  • Session 2: Set Goals and Set Boundaries
  • Session 3: Turn a Writing Routine into a Writing Ritual
  • Session 4: Get Excited and Stay Calm
  • Session 5: Think of Yourself as a Writer
  • Session 6: Final Follow-up

Focus Fridays

Led by Roxanne Donovan of WellAcademic

All sessions will take place online

A coach-led co-working program that will meet from 12:00 – 2:30 PM (ET) on Fridays from May 27 – July 1. Additional, optional co-working sessions will take place on Wednesday from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. This program is designed to provide faculty members with dedicated, structured work time and the tools to develop and execute an achievable plan for summer research and writing projects.

Session structure:

  • 12:00 - 12:20:  Mini-Workshop
    Topics might include goal-setting, rebounding from setbacks, etc.
  • 12:20 - 02:20   Co-Work Time + Group Check-In
    Coach-facilitated, virtual co-working sessions where you can make progress on your summer projects.
  • 02:20 - 02:30   Q&A/Wrap-Up

Application form

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