U SEE I WRITE Faculty Writing Initiatives

Writing is an integral part of most faculty’s academic success. However, many things can get in the way of being a productive writer. One challenge is that other professional activities, such as teaching and service obligations, often come with built-in deadlines (and therefore get done), whereas writing-related activities are frequently without such immediate deadlines (and thus don’t get done).

The U See I Write Faculty Writing Initiative brings together UCI faculty from across campus who want to support each other in their writing, learn about good writing habits, and celebrate their writing successes with each other. During our retreats, we spend much of our time writing, but there is also ample opportunity to get to know other like-minded faculty writers at UCI.

What was conceptualized as a bi-annual event when the U See I Write Initiative was launched in 2017, has since grown into a vibrant and active community of faculty writers.

Types of Writing Events

Monthly Retreats (Annual Cohort): This program runs throughout the academic year and offers monthly writing retreats to an annual cohort of faculty. Participation consists of monthly half-day writing retreats and weekly writing meetings in an assigned small group, for continued accountability in-between the monthly retreats.

Quarterly Retreats: Three all-day retreats are offered throughout the academic year, typically one in Fall, Winter and Spring quarter. Retreats are held either on or off campus. These retreats will run from 9am to 3pm. A separate application is required for each of these events.

Summer Retreat: Summer retreats run over multiple days and feature guest speakers from across campus who provide writing-related training and/or lead conversations about writing-related topics. Applications for this program will become available in Spring quarter.

An Invitation to Faculty Who do Not “Write”

We are often asked what we mean by “writing” in the context of our retreat. We ask that you engage in the activity that has the most profound impact on your success as a faculty member. We call it a “writing retreat” because for most of us, this most impactful activity is research writing (i.e., writing on a grant proposal, a research paper, or a book). For some faculty, however, the most consequential activity might not actually be writing. For example, a faculty member may be engaged in developing a choreography or compose music as a major scholarly contribution, and struggle with distractions similar to those of us who write. Conversely, we would not consider ‘writing a letter of support’ a writing activity in the spirit of this retreat. This is because even though you are engaging in the act of writing, this is not an activity that has a profound impact on your success as a faculty member.

As long as you engage in an activity that has high priority for your scholarly advancement, and you are able to quietly engage in this activity in a room full of people, you are welcome in our community and we encourage you to apply.


Senate and non-senate UCI faculty across all academic ranks and regardless of departmental or school affiliation are eligible and invited to apply. Current UCI faculty will receive priority admission, but applications from visiting professors and emeriti faculty will also be considered. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and UCI staff are currently not eligible to apply for this program.


2021/2022 Quarterly Retreats

In the 2021/2022 Academic Year, quarterly retreats are scheduled for:

October 29, 9am to 3pm, (Fall retreat), The deadline to apply to the Fall retreat is Friday, October 22nd, 2021.

February 4, 9am to 3pm, (Winter retreat), The deadline to apply to the Winter retreat is Friday, January 28, 2022.

April 22nd, 9am to 3pm, (Spring retreat). The deadline to apply to the Spring retreat is Friday, April 15, 2022.

To apply, please click HERE.

2021/2022 Annual Cohort

Half day retreats will be held from 8:30 am to 11:30 am on the second Friday of each month (November 12, December 10, January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 13). At this time, we plan to hold all events remotely. Applications for admission into the Annual Cohort are now open. Please click HERE and select “Annual Cohort (Monthly Retreats)“ in response to the first question. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 1st, 2021.

2022 Summer Retreat

The dates for the 2022 summer retreat have not yet been determined. They will be announced later in the academic year.

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