Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff and Graduate Students

Thursday, October 19 - Friday, October 20, 2017
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, 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 community-engaged research, service-learning or civic engagement, community-university partnerships, and outreach programs.
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 19, 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 20 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 18) are available on a limited basis, for no additional cost.
$225 for MSU faculty, academic staff, and graduate students 
$395 for non-MSU participants


Sponsored by: University Outreach and Engagement, The Writing Center, MSU Extension, Academic Advancement Network, The Graduate School, James Madison College, College of Arts and Letters, College of Music