Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff and Graduate Students

Monday, March 7 - Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI

Registration is limited to 22 participants


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. Pierce Cedar Creek Institute offers private guest rooms and spacious indoor writing spaces with natural scenery for inspiration to write about community-engaged research, community partnerships, broader impacts work, service-learning, and other writing that supports engagement with partners beyond campus borders.

This two-day, residential retreat includes both unstructured writing time and optional structured writing support, including workshops, 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.” Join us for another great writing retreat in spring 2022.


You are expected to already have a writing project in mind and to bring along your own laptop, power cord, and writing materials. Attendance both days is required. You should clear your schedule, as much as possible, and come prepared to focus your time and attention on writing activities. 


On Monday, March 7, we start at 9:00 a.m. 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 Tuesday, March 8, 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 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 


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.


$375 for MSU faculty, Extension staff, 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)

$475 for non-MSU participants, who are very welcome to attend

Registration includes lunch, snacks, and dinner on Monday; overnight accommodations on Monday night; breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Tuesday; free Wi-Fi, workshop materials, and access to both quiet and collaborative writing spaces.

Additional Days:

If you would like to stay the night before (Sunday, March 6) or additional days following the two-day writing retreat, you should make your own reservations and make an additional payment directly to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute using this form.

Covid-19 Protocols:

As an MSU-sponsored event, we will be following MSU policies, which include wearing masks indoors at all times, except for eating.  Vaccinations are required for MSU-affiliated participants.

Cancellation Policy:

Please review cancellation policy.

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