Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff and Graduate Students

Thursday, October 13 - Friday, October 14, 2022
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Hastings, Michigan


Thinking about new writing and publishing goals in 2022? Feeling a bit stretched thin with your responsibilities and commitments to others? This writing retreat is especially for those who need protected time and space away from campus and other responsibilities to dedicate to academic writing. 

This two-day retreat includes unstructured writing time, consultations, and peer feedback. Consultants from The Writing Center and University Outreach and Engagement will be available to provide feedback both days and will build connections among the writers throughout the retreat, so that even while writing on your own, you are part of a supportive community. 

Last fall’s writers worked on literature reviews, grant proposals, journal revise and resubmits, journal articles, white papers, book manuscripts, community-engagement curriculum, and pieces for community partners. The 2021 writers said they appreciated: “getting away from everything to just write,” “talking with others about their ideas and project,” “feeling less alone while writing,” and “beautiful scenery, great food, supportive colleagues.” 


All participants are expected to already have a writing project in mind. Participants are expected to bring along their own laptop, power cord, and writing materials. Clear your schedules, as much as possible, and come prepared to focus your time and attention on writing activities. 


On Thursday, October 13 at 9:00 am, we start with a welcome, group introductions, and goal-setting. Free writing time, optional workshops, and optional peer review are interspersed with lunch, snacks, dinner, and an evening social hour on the first day. On Friday, October 14, we continue with more free writing time, optional workshops, individual consultations interspersed with breakfast, lunch, and more snacks. We wrap up the retreat with a reflection session between 3-4 pm.


For participants interested in traveling to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute together, we will coordinate carpools (shared drivers) and caravans (separate cars traveling as a group). Please indicate your interest in these options in the accommodations section of the online registration form.


  • $380 MSU faculty, Extension and academic staff, and graduate students
  • $300 for MSU folks who sign up with someone and share a room (per university policy no room sharing with people in supervisor/supervisee situations)
  • $480 for non-MSU participants, who are very welcome to attend 

Refund Policy:

  1. Send a substitute: You may substitute a colleague at any time with no charge or penalty; but please notify Julie Crowgey at or 517-884-1407, so that we may make appropriate arrangements about workshop materials and meal preferences.
  2. Ask for a refund: You may cancel your registration and get a full refund without penalty if you let us know about your change in plans no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022. If you cancel by September 30, 2022, you will have half of your registration refunded. If you cancel any time after September 30, 2022, we will not be able to offer you a refund because of room and meal guarantees. Please put your request in writing to Julie Crowgey at
  3. No shows: Participants who have registered and fail to attend the writing retreat will be liable for the entire conference fee. No refunds will be issued.

Sponsored by: University Outreach and Engagement, The Writing Center, Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Development, The Graduate School