Retreats

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Retreats are offered throughout the year and provide faculty an opportunity to set aside time for their writing, and write in the company of others in a comfortable, relaxed space. 

Academic year retreats are typically offered in August, December, and February, and focus on dedicated writing time, strategies for sustaining writing momentum, and goal setting discussions.

The summer retreat and workshop is a four-day immersive writing retreat and includes writing time, workshops, and feedback on works in progress.   

Learn more about faculty experiences in the summer retreat in the Duke News article At summer retreat, faculty brush up on their writing.


Upcoming Retreats

Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat

May 20-24, 2021 | 9:30-3:00 | Online
Facilitators: Jennifer Ahern-Dodson & Monique Dufour

The Faculty Write Program is pleased to announce the 9th annual Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat. 

Set aside time for writing. Make progress on a project. Build momentum. Write in community. Retreat includes structured writing time and interactive workshops. 

Like our annual in-person retreat, this virtual edition gives you permission to clear some time for your writing. Even if you are home, you can still retreat. Even if we are apart, we can work in community among colleagues. This retreat is designed to help you to reconnect with yourself, your work, and one another. If you want to spend some time with your writing, the retreat can help you to figure out the best way forward for you. What that looks like will be different for everyone. 

Space is limited to 25 faculty participants. To apply to participate, please complete this online application by April 27 for full consideration. Applicants will be notified by May 3. 

The cost for the retreat is $100. Participants may pay by check or by Duke research funds.

This retreat is made possible with support from the Office of the Dean of Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Thompson Writing Program. 

Summer Writing Intensive

July 26-30, 2021 
Facilitators: Jennifer Ahern-Dodson & Monique Dufour
For Faculty Write Program retreat and writing group alumni

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Regularly Offered Retreats

Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat

Want to jump start your summer writing? Interested in learning how to be a more productive and engaged writer this summer? Would you benefit from writing and learning alongside others who also are committed to making progress on a scholarly writing project? Each day of this four-day scholarly writing retreat includes both hands-on workshops and time to write independently in a comfortable, relaxed space. Learn practical skills about productive writing habits, make progress on a writing project, and participate in a writing community. This retreat is designed to help you to reconnect with yourself, your work, and one another. If you want to spend some time with your writing, the retreat can help you to figure out the best way forward for you.


Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat: ALUMNI EDITION

Advanced writing retreat designed for writers who've participated in at least one summer retreat.


Writing, Mindfulness, and Movement

In this retreat, writers dedicate time to writing, quietly but also in community. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in activities designed to awaken awareness of physical habits and renew commitment to their writing as a fundamentally embodied practice.


Engaged Scholar Retreat

Are you teaching an engaged pedagogy such as service-learning, community-based research, or participatory action research and working to advance your scholarship? Does your research include community partners? Do you want to explore ways to connect with North Carolina faculty and administrators across the state who are working on community-engaged scholarship? This day-long retreat includes dedicated time for writing, workshops on writing and publication, and a discussion of frameworks to align community engagement, teaching, and research. Co-sponsored by North Carolina Campus Compact.


End-of-Summer Writing Retreat

Want one last writing burst before fall semester begins? Would you like to reconnect with other writers? Each day of this writing retreat includes time to write independently and optional workshops on productive writing habits. 

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Summer 2019 Scholarly Writing Retreat

Participant Feedback

"Pulling off a retreat like this is hard enough. The fact that you managed to create so much positive spirit and offer so many learning opportunities via Zoom shows incredible planning and amazing facilitation abilities. My deepest thanks. I hope these retreats continue to be offered, and also look forward to spaces where I can learn/work on how to apply the writing insights here in my own pedagogy." – June 2020 Scholarly Writing Retreat participant 

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"The retreat energized me for the final push of revisions on my book manuscript. I am extremely grateful for the experience, and think it is every bit as important as the FHI Faculty Book Manuscript Completion Fellowship in supporting Duke faculty to achieve their best in scholarly writing." – Nicole Barnes, Assistant Professor of History, 2017 Scholarly Writing Retreat participant

"Having experienced faculty writing retreats and faculty advice before, I think what’s most valuable about this program is that it doesn’t have the attitude that faculty should be research machines and if you apply X productivity technique, you will be able to produce research like a machine. Instead, this retreat has the idea that you should learn to work efficiently, within a community of support, and with joy for your research." – 2018 Scholarly Writing Retreat participant

"I cannot describe how important this retreat and others are for my writing. Moreover, through my continued participation in Faculty Write activities over the years, I have become not only a better writer, but, through that, a better teacher and mentor." – 2019 participant 

"I always love getting to know people from all over campus.  I feel that I am a part of an academic community beyond my own department/school." – 2017 participant

"The time and effort the facilitators put into organizing the workshops and into listening to the needs, concerns, and challenges of each participant—as well as creating a space for participants to learn from and support each other—makes this a transformative experience." – 2018 participant

"Thank you for providing a safe, thoughtful, respectful, and nurturing environment this week for the group to grow as writers." – 2018 participant

"Discussions with writers in other disciplines led me to research information that resulted in two large, key sections for my article to be published any day now." – 2017 participant