Writing Retreat

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am SERC Building - 208
Writing Retreat

Session Chairs

Peggy McNeal, Towson University
Leilani Arthurs, University of Colorado at Boulder

The design of this retreat uses Lave and Wenger's (1991) community of practice theory to create a structured retreat for sustained writing. Participants will engage in dedicated writing time with the purpose of progressing with writing projects in a supportive and collegial environment. The writing retreat will provide participants with a distraction free setting to write and the opportunity to speak to and seek feedback from other writers. Participants should arrive with a writing project in mind and a strong desire to significantly move the project forward within the time allotted by the retreat.

The writing retreat is structured following the example described by Rowan and Murray (2009)1 and benefits from lessons learned following retreats held 2019 - 2023 as well as an ongoing writing circle that evolved from these retreats.


All writers are invited. Typical projects might include book chapters, journal articles, research proposals, and reports; however, any writing project is welcome. You only need to have a desire to progress your writing in a supportive, collegial environment.


  • To provide a structure for a collective writing experience that promotes focused goal
    setting and writing persistence
  • To enrich and support a writer identity
  • To establish a community of practice in which individuals learn through participation
  • To support and seek feedback from other writers


The three-day "morning" retreat will be generally structured as:

15 minutes: Introductions, writing warm-up, goal-setting, planning
1¼ hours: Writing
15 minutes: Break and review
1 hour: Writing
15 minutes: Wrap up

1 Murray, R., & Newton, M. (2009). Writing retreat as structured intervention: margin or mainstream? Higher Education Research & Development, 28(5), 541-553.