Writing Retreat

Camp Completion is now the Virtual Writing Retreat! Our Professional Development Writing Retreat offers current trainees (graduate students and postdocs) five days of dedicated writing time and optional, short activities geared toward developing productive writing habits and strategies and communicating research to diverse audiences.

In spring 2020, the retreat will be conducted online via Zoom! video conferencing.

The Writing Retreat is especially beneficial to trainees who

  1. want to make significant progress toward the completion of major writing projects such as theses, capstone projects, dissertations and research articles for publication.
  2. want to get a head start on academic job application materials for the fall job market–such as  research statements and teaching portfolios– before our Academic Packways career workshop.
  3. want to earn hours towards the Professional Development Team Graduate Writing Certificate while making progress on their writing project in a supportive environment

Spring 2020 Writing Retreat Application Now Open!

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, and postdoctoral trainees in any discipline who are working on dissertations, theses, capstone projects, and other large writing projects. Students who are composing application materials for the academic job market may also find this event helpful in getting a head start on drafting these materials.  Students who are in the later stages of a major writing project are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Spring 2020 Application will be open starting March 25.
  • 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.

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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 the Writing Retreat to  Katie Homar, Director of Academic and Engineering Writing Support.