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>> Register to Attend. The deadline to register is Friday, May 17, 2024.

Coffee and continental breakfast available each day starting at 8:30 a.m.; lunch provided daily

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the University Writing Program invite GW faculty to kick off the summer with three days of structured writing and research activities. Facilitated by Jessica McCaughey and Danika Myers, both from the University Writing Program, this retreat provides time to work on writing projects in progress, time to plan or begin new projects, and opportunities to share your writing and research with colleagues from across the university.

Scholars and researchers are invited to bring writing projects of any genre and at any stage. At the last retreat, participants worked on journal articles, conference presentations, book proposals, book outlines, book chapters, grant proposals, literature reviews, creative projects, and more!

Faculty are welcome to attend as many or as few of the retreat days as their schedule allows. The retreat is structured around blocks of individual writing time, with daily guided goal setting, check-ins, and reflection. There will also be daily opportunities for:

  • breakout sessions for peer feedback, problem-solving, and discussion of works-in-progress;
  • 1-on-1 coaching sessions with a facilitator;
  • development of productive writing habits; and
  • discussions about writing and research with faculty from across the university.


Faculty feedback from prior writing retreats:

  • “It was mentally nourishing and extremely productive to write in community with others.”
  • “After each of the retreat days, I felt reinvigorated from the support, companionship, and all the work I'd gotten done.”
  • “It was a huge help, and I even met some potential future collaborators in other departments. It was a very supportive, productive space and community.”
  • “Loved the structure! Loved the writing tips! Loved the reflection and planning tips!”
  • “In terms of my research and scholarship, this retreat was the most fruitful and inspiring activity I have participated in since joining GW.”
  • “I was able to complete far more than I initially intended during the retreat. I believe that is because of the opportunity to have several consecutive hours designated to writing and research without interruptions.

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