U See I Write

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The U See I Write: UCI Faculty Writing Retreat initiative was founded in 2016 by UCI Professors Ilona Yim and Elizabeth van Es, both alumni of and coaches for the Faculty Success Program.

The goal of the initiative was to establish a community of UCI faculty members who want to support each other in their writing, learn about good writing habits, and celebrate their writing successes with each other.

Since the successful launch of the first retreat at Hotel Laguna in Laguna Beach, California, the bi-annual event has expanded to include all faculty at UCI.

During the writing retreats, much of the time is spent focused on writing, while also providing ample opportunity to get to know other like-minded writers at UCI. Please see the Application tab for the various deadlines for applications for the fall, winter, spring and summer writing retreats.

In 2021, the U See I Write Cohort program was added, providing monthly half-day writing retreats and weekly one-hour writing meetings in small accountability groups throughout the academic year. This program is supported by funding from the UC Office of the President Advancing Faculty Diversity program and applications for the annual cohort are due by November 1, 2021.

The retreats are now coordinated by UCI Professors Ilona Yim (ilona.yim@uci.edu), Nina Bandelj (nbandelj@uci.edu) and Olga Razorenova (olgar@uci.edu). Feel free to contact them with any further questions.

Eligibility to Apply

Who’s Eligible? 

Participation in the U See I Write Faculty Writing Retreat is by application only. Each retreat is limited to 30 participants.

Since Spring 2018, applications are open to all UCI faculty members, including teaching professors, regardless of rank from all academic units.

Application Information

U See I Write Faculty Writing Retreats, 2021-22

LOCATION: Zoom

Please submit applications to one or all of the following retreats at: https://uci.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6mri0WBhUBUYLsi

Fall Retreat – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021 – APPLY BY OCTOBER 22, 2021

Winter Retreat – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2022 – APPLY BY JANUARY 28, 2022

Spring Retreat – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022 – APPLY BY APRIL 15, 2022

U See I Write Faculty Cohort Meetings, 2021-22

***New for 2021***
UCI faculty have additional opportunities to build scholarly productivity through the U See I Write Cohort meetings. This program provides monthly half-day writing retreats and weekly one-hour writing meetings in small groups. Half-day retreats are scheduled 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on the second Friday of each month (11/12/21, 12/10/21, 1/14/22, 2/11/22, 3/11/22, 4/8/22, 5/13/22). These meetings are open to all UCI faculty members regardless of rank.
U See I Write Cohort Meetings – 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on second Friday monthly – APPLY BY NOVEMBER 1, 2021
Click the link below to submit an application or apply directly at: https://uci.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6mri0WBhUBUYLsi

To receive information on future U See I Write Faculty Writing Retreats, please email Office of Inclusive Excellence at inclusion@uci.edu to join the mailing list.