Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff and Graduate Students

Thursday, October 18 - Friday, October 19, 2018
Bay Pointe Inn, Shelbyville, MI

Registration is limited to 25 participants


This academic writing retreat provides a dedicated space and time away from campus for faculty, academic staff, and graduate students to write about their community-engaged scholarship, including service-learning or civic engagement, and community-engaged research, outreach projects, or community partnerships.
This two-day, residential retreat includes unstructured time to work on your own writing and optional workshops to strengthen your writing and publishing skills. Throughout the retreat, feedback is available from The Writing Center, University Outreach and Engagement, and your peers. 
One hundred percent of last year’s participants strongly agreed that “protected time and space for writing was valuable” for their focus and productivity. Participants also called the retreat a “wonderful opportunity to network and get work done.” They agreed that “the setting was conducive to inspiration and full concentration,” and “staying overnight allows us to have a lengthy amount of time to dive into writing.”
On Thursday, October 18, breakfast and registration begin at 8:00 a.m., with the welcome and orientation starting at 9:00 a.m. The final session ends on Friday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m.
Participants are expected to already have a community-engaged scholarship writing project, and to bring their own laptop, power cord, and writing materials. Attendance both days is required. Participants should come prepared to focus their time and attention on their writing.
Registration includes: breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thursday; overnight accommodations on Thursday night; breakfast and lunch on Friday; free WiFi access; refreshment breaks; workshop materials; and access to both quiet and collaborative writing spaces. Overnight accommodations on Wednesday night (October 17) are available on a limited basis or for the weekend (October 19 and 20) at an additional cost. Arrangements may be made with the hotel directly.
$225 for MSU faculty, academic staff, and graduate students 
$395 for non-MSU participants


Sponsored by: University Outreach and Engagement, Academic Advancement Network, College of Arts and Letters, College of Law, School of Social Work, Department of Economics, Department of Psychology, MSU Extension, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, The Graduate School, The Writing Center