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ECFI/MCFI Writing Salon

The ECFI/MCFI Writing Salon offers a community of multidisciplinary academic writers from across NYU who meet to enhance their productivity through uninterrupted writing time.

Organized in partnership with the Division of Libraries, the Salon is a faculty writing community at NYU that aims to support faculty’s scholarship and publication goals by prioritizing writing, fostering a culture of accountability, and providing a structure to enhance productivity. Participants in the Writing Salon meet once or twice a month to dedicate time to work on their projects in a productive and supportive environment.

The Salon aims to support faculty as they systematically plan their writing goals.

Final presentations by faculty

Meeting Dates

The group meets at 411 Lafayette Street in Manhattan from 11:00am to 3:00pm on Fridays, once or twice a month beginning February 2, 2024.

  • Friday, February 2
  • Friday, February 23
  • Friday, March 8
  • Friday, April 5
  • Friday, April 19
  • Friday, May 3

Each session showcases tools and strategies to jumpstart your writing. Light refreshments are served.

Participants may choose to attend one or all of the sessions. They may stay for the entire time or a portion of the allotted four hours.

For more information on the Writing Salon and other projects of the ECFI and MCFI, please email the Center for Faculty Advancement at

Inaugural Writing Salon — January 2023 in Tel Aviv

Participants were introduced to writing strategies during the program, including building a “brick wall” that helped them map and visualize their progress; “guided brainstorming” that helped them articulate their argument or “key point” of the project at hand; and a “reading sandwich,” a strategy that helps build writing time interspersed with reading blocks.

Key activities

  • Four-hour blocks of uninterrupted writing time per day
  • Accountability partners and peer-to-peer check-ins 
  • Conversations on writing styles and barriers to “getting started” with Vice Provost Charlton McIlwain and Associate Vice Provost Niyati Parekh 
  • Guest speakers from NYU New York
  • Virtual 1-1 consultations with NYU Press
  • Small group discussions and 1-1 consultations with Dr. McIlwain and Dr. Parekh 
  • Final presentation of projects


  • College of Dentistry: Alex Thomsen
  • Division of Libraries: Michelle Demeter
  • Faculty of Arts & Science: Linsey Edwards, Roni Henig
  • Gallatin School: Raven Brown
  • NYU Shanghai: Hyoungee Kong
  • Rory Meyers College of Nursing: Jasmine Travers
  • School of Global Public Health: Alden Lai, Daniel Fogal, Karyn Faber
  • Silver School of Social Work: Prema Filippone
  • Steinhardt School: Mercy Agyepong
  • Stern School of Business: Raveesh Mayya
Writing Salon participants with the NYU Tel Aviv team and leadership from the Office of the Provost
Writing Salon participants with the NYU Tel Aviv team and leadership from the Office of the Provost


Faculty and Faculty Fellows who traveled to Tel Aviv unanimously agreed that having protected writing time allowed them to be productive, and concurred that working alongside peers from several disciplines was beneficial for them.

  • Everything about this workshop was excellent. I wish we had more days to do this 🙂 Felt like a graduate student (focus on just 1 thing) and that is a good feeling.
  • I enjoyed the program very much, and the overall atmosphere was pleasant and conducive to writing. NYU TA staff was incredibly welcoming and kind.
  • LOVED the communal environment and pressure, which compensated for my accountability not being super into doing scheduled practices; brainstorming together for writing strategies was very helpful; scheduling a session to assess at the beginning of the salon one’s relationship to writing and share that with the group.
  • Really wonderful experience. I loved being pulled out of my busy schedule to focus on what is really important—we need more of these moments not only to improve work–life balance but also to be more productive.

SAMPLE PROGRAM — two days of the workshop


Conversation with Niyati and Charlton
Why do I write? Who is my audience? What do I do when I get stuck? How do I overcome writing obstacles?


Ask Me Anything (AMA)
Drop-in, optional check-in with Niyati and Charlton

Writing Block with working lunch

Coffee & peer-to-peer check-in


Visit to Tel Aviv University


Writing Block


Individual consults with Eric from NYU Press, Charlton (Humanities), or Niyati (STEM)

Farewell Writing Salon dinner with the faculty

Farewell dinner with the faculty. Clockwise from left: Charlton McIlwain (Vice Provost), Michelle Demeter (Division of Libraries), Raveesh Mayya (Stern School of Business), Noa David (NYU Tel Aviv), Alex Thomsen (College of Dentistry), Niyati Parekh (Associate Vice Provost)

For more information on the Writing Salon and other projects of the ECFI and MCFI, please email the Center for Faculty Advancement at