Attention: Faculty, Academic Staff and Graduate Students

Thursday, October 14 - Friday, October 15, 2021
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI

Registration is limited to 25 participants


Registration Opens July 1, 2021!

This academic writing retreat provides a dedicated time and space away from campus for faculty, academic staff, and graduate students to write about their community-engaged scholarship, including service-learning or civic engagement, community-engaged research, broader impacts, outreach teaching, and community partnerships.

This two-day, residential retreat includes unstructured writing time to work on your own writing and optional workshops to strengthen writing and academic publishing skills. Throughout the retreat, consultants from The Writing Center and University Outreach and Engagement are available to provide feedback as needed. 

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.

100% of last year’s writers strongly agreed with that “protected time and space 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.” Last year’s writers worked on peer reviewed journal articles, revise and resubmit revisions, grant proposals, community-engaged learning syllabi, and community-engagement portfolios.


On Thursday, October 14, continental breakfast, networking, and check-in are from 8:00-9:00, with retreat welcome starting at 9:00 am. Thursday includes free writing time, optional workshops, and optional peer feedback. The final retreat session ends on Friday, October 15 at 4:00 pm. 


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


$260 for MSU faculty, academic staff, and graduate students 

$360 for non-MSU participants, who are very welcome to attend

Registration includes

Breakfast, lunch, dinner on Thursday; overnight accommodations on Thursday night; breakfast and lunch on Friday; free WiFi; refreshment breaks; workshop materials; and access to both quiet and collaborative writing spaces.

Overnight accommodations for Wednesday night (October 13) are available or for the weekend (October 16 and October 17) at an additional cost. Those extended accommodations should be made directly with Pierce Cedar Creek using this form

Cancellation Policy:

Please review cancellation policy.

Sponsored by: University Outreach and Engagement; Academic Advancement Network; MSU Extension; The Graduate School; The Writing Center, Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen)