Retreats offer 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 in August, October, and January focus on dedicated writing time and are co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

The  summer scholarly writing retreat provides an immersive experience and includes time for writing, workshops on writing and project planning, and opportunities for feedback on works-in-progress.  In workshops, writers learn powerful practices that can help them to incorporate their role as a writer among their many commitments.

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

2018 Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat: May 21-24 at the King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC. Cost for participants is $250. Registration form:  SWR 2018.  Space is limited to 25 participants. For those who would like overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Residence Inn at the group rate of $142 per night. Please call the hotel directly for reservations by May 7 to secure the group rate, 919-680-4440. The Residence Inn is less than a block from the King’s Daughters Inn.

Retreat Facilitators: Monique Dufour (History, Virginia Tech) and Jennifer Ahern-Dodson (Writing Studies, Duke).

The summer 2018 retreat is made possible through a Faculty Development Seed grant from Duke’s Office for Faculty Advancement.

What participants have to say“Taking time as a community to focus on writing projects is energizing and powerful.”

I have never run into such a fresh perspective about the hurdles of writing. I appreciate your approach because it emphasizes the process rather than the product, it looks at the nuts and bolts, all the phases, shortcomings, and how to overcome them. What is truly impressive  is that all the suggestions are practical, doable, and very common sense.”

“I loved this workshop. It was tremendously helpful in getting me unstuck, in helping me to find (and validate!) a voice, and in soothing my soul.”

2017 Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat Participants