By Michael Rifenburg

At the beginning of a semester, students read over their syllabi and begin planning out the many learning activities that will contribute to their learning. Scheduling—especially at the start a semester—is key.

So, too, for faculty.

Starting the first week of classes, 14 faculty in Dahlonega and Gainesville will begin the 12-week long Write Now Academy. Using Wendy Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks to structure their academic writing activities and processes, these faculty will meet in-person four times during the 12 weeks and use a shared Google doc to keep track of their weekly progress.

Participating faculty include:

  • Katherine Adams
  • Chris Bell
  • Judith Brauer
  • Diana Chang
  • Autumn Cockrell-Abdullah
  • Sarah Hinkel-Young
  • Jennifer Jones
  • Sabrina Maginnis
  • Esther Morgan-Ellis
  • David Osmond
  • James Stewart
  • Alina Thurman
  • Michael Tuvlin
  • Juanita Woods

Michael Rifenburg will oversee the Academy with Abby Meyer co-facilitating on the Dahlonega and Paul Raptis co-facilitating on the Gainesville campus. In the Spring, Derek Thiess will run a Write Now Academy on the Oconee campus.

Last academic year, close to thirty faculty participated in the Academy across four campuses. Two faculty have already seen their work published.

If you are interested in co-facilitating a Write Now Academy on your campus, reach out to Michael Rifenburg at