Faculty Writing Hunkers

The Writing Across the Curriculum program offers interdisciplinary faculty and staff writing retreats called Writing Hunkers. These programs combine dedicated independent writing time with structured writing activities, writing and research consultations, and reflective lunchtime discussions about writing and teaching. Hunkers create a distraction-free, supportive, and productive community of writers from a wide variety of disciplines and a range of academic ranks at the University of Minnesota.

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Research from Robert Boice (1990)McGrail, Rikard, and Jones (2006), and Paul J. Silva (2014) have demonstrated that opportunities to write in parallel, participate in writing groups, and receive coaching on academic writing increase faculty writing productivity. In addition to dedicated writing time, Hunkers create a community of writers who share their experiences, tips, and tricks for managing writing projects and encouraging regular writing practice.


Daniel Emery, Assistant Director, Writing Across the Curriculum

Dan Emery





Interested? Questions?

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Writing Hunkers (including developing your own departmental or area hunker), please contact Dan Emery ([email protected]).

For additional support for your writing and research, please see our Resources for scholarly writers page. If you are a graduate student writer interested in writing support (or a faculty member who advises graduate writers), please see the Dissertation Writing Retreat and Student Writing Support resources, especially for graduate writers.