On-Campus Writers’ Retreat

Save the date for the 2017 Writers' Retreats: January 9 – 13 and June 5 – 9, 2017.

Date & Time:

Monday, January 9, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Upcoming Retreat Dates: January 9 – 13, 2017, June 5 – 9, 2017


The UST Center for Writing, JRC 361
The St. Paul Campus

Retreats run from Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Watch your UST email for registration information

The Center for Writing and Faculty Development offers 1-week on-campus retreats in January, June and August. The retreats offer a way for faculty to make substantial progress on their writing projects. The retreat provides a quiet space on campus where you can establish your individual workspace and write among other focused, productive faculty. Participants will bring all materials needed for their projects (including laptops if they'd like), and spread out for the week at tables. This is not an opportunity for research; in fact, you'll need to refrain from accessing the Internet or your email so that you can focus on writing and revising. This is also not a workshop, although opportunities for individual support will be available.

The first morning, the group will convene and individuals will describe specific goals for the day. We'll write until lunch and then break to eat and socialize. At the end of the day, participants will reflect on their progress and report to the group. You’ll have access to resources on writing including if you choose afternoon individual consultations with the director of the Center and the Faculty Writers Program, Dr. Susan Callaway (who will be writing as well). At the end of the week we’ll take time to report and reflect, and especially to celebrate our accomplishments and devise ways for us to sustain our productivity beyond the retreat.

The retreat is open to all full-time and adjunct faculty and staff. Preference may be given to supporting new and junior faculty and ABD’s, but all are welcome to register. Watch your email for registration information or contact Dr. Susan Callaway (sjcallaway@stthomas.edu) with any questions about the retreats.

Here's what past participants say about the retreat.

This retreat has taken me back to writing in such a good way. I know that I will take timefor writing every week from now on.

I really work well when I have a block of time to completely immerse myself in a project every few months—and then I am productive and motivated to get things done on that project.

The writing retreats have been so wonderful for me. I need big blocks of focused time,and then I can keep an ongoing project alive during the semester.

This retreat has helped me like my dissertation and feel like there is good stuff in therewaiting to be published.

Sponsored by the FD Faculty Writers Program