Writing Retreats

I run structured writing retreats for academics and other writers who need an extended period of time to write within a supportive environment that minimizes distractions and prioritizes writing and healthy writing habits. 

 

Retreats can be in-person or run via Zoom.

WHY RETREAT?

  • Time and space to set ambitious but realistic goals

  • Collegial accountability and support in a safe writing space

  • Ample protected writing time interspersed with wellness breaks so you remain energized

  • Room to discuss writing challenges, assess outcomes and celebrate achievements

  • Opportunity for incidental learning and to draw on the collective wisdom of the community

 

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM A WRITING RETREAT?

Writers and wordsmiths of all stripes and any language background:

  • Academics/researchers at any career stage

  • PhD students

  • Non-fiction and fiction authors

  • Translators and editors

 

HOW DO RETREATS WORK?

My retreats are based on the structured writing retreat model developed by Rowena Murray. The ample, focused writing time is supported by movement and meal breaks and opportunities for you to discuss your writing with the community of writers.

 

My job as facilitator is to create and hold this safe and supportive environment for you so your only worry is making progress on your writing project.

Research shows that structured social writing:

  • provides dedicated time and space for writing by intentionally and purposefully disengaging from other tasks

  • creates accountability among participants by sharing and assessing specific goals

  • is a safe space to discuss writing challenges and increase the wellbeing of academics and PhD researchers by creating a sense of connectedness

 

See Murray and Newton 2009; Stevenson 2020.

 

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR/GET TO A RETREAT?

Prior to the retreat, you'll be sent instructions and directions. I'll also provide you with tips for making sure you get the most out of your in-person or virtual retreat time.

 

WHAT IF I CAN'T GET AWAY OR WANT LONGER-TERM SUPPORT?

Not everyone can get away for a retreat, and others may want more sustained support. Get in touch and we'll talk about your needs and other ways that I can help you get your writing done and out the door.

NOVEMBER 7-9, 2022

~AcWriMo edition~

2.5 days

Upcoming Retreat Dates

 

 

SEPTEMBER 19-20, 2022

1.5 days

If none of the above dates or formats work for you, you can let me know your time and format preferences. I'll do my best to accommodate as many people as I can.

If you'd like me to facilitate a structured writing retreat for your department, research group, faculty or institution, get in touch and tell me what your needs are.