On-Campus Writers’ Retreat

Save the date and mark your calendar for the January retreat! January 13-17, 2020

Date & Time:

Monday, January 13, 2020
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
January 13-17, 2020: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


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 Centers for Writing and Faculty Development are offering a 1-week on-campus retreat for faculty and staff to make substantial progress on their scholarly projects. The retreat will provide 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 in a room. This is an opportunity to move forward on projects free from typical distractions. The retreat is not a workshop nor a "bootcamp," although opportunities for individual and perhaps small group support will be available.

The first morning, the full 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, individual consultations with the director of the Center for Writing, Dr. Susan Callaway (who will be writing as well) or Dr. Mary Reichardt in the Center for Faculty Development. At the end of the week we’ll take time 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. Contact Dr. Susan Callaway (sjcallaway@stthomas.edu) with any questions about the retreats.

Sponsored by the FD Faculty Writers Program

 Here's what past participants say about the retreat.

"I benefit greatly from the cross-pollination of ideas when getting to know my colleagues from different departments! It’s fun to talk with others and learn from them!”

“Progress on my scholarly agenda is unimaginable without these retreats.”

“This was my best retreat yet. There is something magical about being in a quiet room full of people thinking and writing. It allows me to completely focus. I made  tremendous progress on what started as a big, messy project and is now a neat, organized draft of an article. It’s not done, but the hard part is finished.”

“What a luxury to have the space, time, and support to immerse yourself in propelling forward your scholarly agenda!”

 “I love that this retreat has some structure, while allowing for A LOT of flexibility—greatly appreciated!”

 “I love the FD Writing Retreat. There is something encouraging about working the same room with colleagues from several different departments at different points in their careers. When we talk about challenges, it makes my own seem more ordinary and surmountable. You learn that writing is difficult, but we can all do it if we put the time in.”

This is such a gift at UST. I really appreciate the flexibility that the retreat offers – either just simply time/space to do what you need to do or for those how need/prefer it, structure in terms of meetings, networking, writing tips, etc. Thank you so much.”

 “The retreat was invaluable to gain insight into how I work for “writing-focused” tasks, now that I’m tenured. It was great to learn that working on writing can be just like how I work on exercise/eating healthy…little steps can make a big difference if done consistently and over time. Mixing and matching immersive, marathon sessions (like the retreat) with smaller, achievable daily/weekly goals was an important ‘aha’ moment for me this week.”

“I’m so very happy to have finally attended this writing retreat – we are blessed at UST to have such a rich and supportive resource for our scholarly lives!

 “I love these retreats! I especially love how welcoming and supportive everyone is of adjunct participation!”

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.