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Writing Retreat

Make progress on your writing project and develop productive routines at the Writing Retreat! Our Professional Development Writing Retreat offers graduate and postdoc trainees the opportunity to make substantial progress on dissertations, theses, manuscripts, and capstone papers through five (5) days of dedicated writing time and optional information sessions.

This retreat is conducted at the end of spring and fall semester, currently online via Zoom video conferencing. You can make progress on your writing project while participating in a supportive virtual community.

The Spring 2022 Writing Retreat is scheduled for May 16-May 20. Registration will begin in April with sign-up form available on our Workshops Page and in our newsletter. Participants who register for the retreat will receive additional information, such as a program agenda, on or before May 9.

For retreat participants, we use the Whova app to help you have the most productive retreat experience. Whova lets you connect with fellow writers before and during the retreat week as well as to navigate the agenda from a single app in your phone.

Contact Katie Homar ( with questions. See FAQs below for more information.

What to Expect at the Virtual Writing Retreat

Participants in the Virtual Writing Retreat will:

  • Learn best practices for maintaining productivity and accountability on large writing projects.
  • Participate in daily check-in sessions for motivation and goal-setting
  • Make progress towards a substantial writing project as demonstrated by goals that they set during the event.
  • Dedicate time to work on their writing projects in a supportive online environment
  • Have opportunities to learn best practices for managing dissertation projects through optional Zoom workshops.

Participants who actively engage in the workshop by participating in the virtual check-ins, setting measurable goals to make progress on their own writing, and/or engage in online workshop sessions can earn up to 30 hours towards the new Graduate Writing Certificate.

Fast Facts and Questions:

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

The Writing Retreat is open to all masters, Ph.D., and postdoctoral trainees in any discipline who are working on dissertations, theses, capstone projects, and other large writing projects.

The Writing Retreat is especially beneficial to trainees who:

  • are in the later stages of theses, capstone projects, dissertations and research articles for publication.
  • want to get a head start on academic job application materials for the fall job market–such as  research statements and teaching portfolios
  • want to earn up to 30 hours towards the Graduate Writing Certificate while making progress on their writing project
  • Applications are posted in November for the Fall (December) retreat and April for the May (Spring) retreat
  • 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.

  • This year, we are using the Whova platform where you can connect with other participants outside the retreat sessions and see the full program agenda from one convenient location.
  • All participants will receive an invitation to join Whova in a follow-up email 1 week before the start of the event.

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Questions and More Information

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