Writing Retreat

Camp Completion is now Writing Retreat! Our Professional Development Writing Retreat is an intensive week-long event designed to help current trainees (graduate students and postdocs) make significant progress toward the completion of a major writing project such as theses, capstone projects, dissertations as well as projects like technical reports and research articles for publication. The retreat offers five days of dedicated writing time and optional, short activities geared toward managing a writing project, developing productive writing habits and strategies, and communicating research to diverse audiences.

Fast Facts and How to Apply:

The Writing Retreat will be offered every May and December after the end of the semester.

The Writing Retreat is open to all masters, PhD students, and postdoctoral scholars in any discipline who are working on dissertations, theses, capstone projects, and other large writing projects. Students who are in the later stages of a major writing project are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Application will be posted in March. Direct any questions about the Writing Retreat to Katie Homar, Director of Academic and Engineering Writing Support, or Laura Demarse, Assistant Dean for Professional Development, or subscribe to our Professional Development Team newsletter for updates about this event.
  • Attendance at the Writing Retreat requires an endorsement from your adviser, PI, or dissertation director. We ask that you obtain endorsement so that your adviser/PI supports your attendance at this event.
  • There is a $25 participation fee to reserve your seat in this event. If you anticipate difficulties in paying this fee, please contact Katie Homar or Laura Demarse to discuss options for a waiver.

Camp Completion workshop group working
Camp Completion workshop

Great sense of community and freedom to focus on the dissertation work!

from a former participant

What to Expect at the Writing Retreat

Participants in the Writing Retreat will:

  • Make progress towards a big/substantial writing project as measured by pages
  • Dedicate time to working on their writing projects in a supportive group environment
  • Practice effective writing strategies by setting daily goals and interacting with a community of peers, building productive writing habits that they can apply in their academic and professional work
  • Have opportunities to consult with members of the Professional Development Team to get feedback on their projects
  • Have opportunities to learn best practices for managing dissertation projects and communicating their research to diverse audiences through optional workshops
  • Learn about writing support resources from the Professional Development Team and greater NC State Community through optional workshops.


Questions and More Information

Direct any questions about Camp Completion to  Katie Homar, Director of Academic and Engineering Writing Support, or Laura Demarse, Assistant Dean for Professional Development.