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5th Annual SIUE Summer Faculty Writing Retreat


May 14, 2019 / 12:01 AM - 12:01 AM


SIUE's Center for Faculty Development and Innovation

5th Annual SIUE Summer Faculty Writing Retreat

Sponsored by Faculty Development


Jessica Despain, Associate Professor of English

Date & Time

Tuesday, May 14 - Thursday, May 16.


T-Rex in Downtown St. Louis

Are you ready to jump-start your summer writing projects?  SIUE’s Center for Faculty Development and Innovation is offering a Summer Faculty Writing Retreat Tuesday, May 14 - Thursday, May 16.
What is a Faculty Writing Retreat
It is a way to treat yo’ self and get a jumpstart on your summer writing goals! We will offer three full days of focused writing time. Faculty will work independently and also have facilitated group time to discuss or share writingand engage in brief activities to stifle writers’ block and keepwriting

Where will the Faculty Writing Retreat be held? 
The writing retreats meets off-campus at T-REX in downtown St. Louis, an ideal co-work space where there will be natural light, internet connections, and quiet space to write. We will begin each morning at 9 am and end around 4 pm. 
What is the benefit of a Writing Retreat?
Faculty at all stages of their careers and in all disciplines are bombarded by tasks that can get in the way of their research agenda. The Faculty Writing Retreat offers space and time to work on a continuing project, begin a new one, or finally finish that article that you just can’t wrap up. You’ll also have the opportunity to think about your writing habits, work with a dedicated faculty member who can be a sounding board for your ideas, and set and achieve meaningful goals for the summer. The mix of supporting colleagues from all fields can also help you think about your own project in new ways. 
Participants from previous retreats had the following comments:
·         It was helpful to get away from distraction and focus onwriting.  Good balance between activities and writing time.
·         The most important thing is being around other writers in the same space – provides encouragement and accountability.
·         Needed to get motivated on new project. Exhausted from the end of the semester so I needed to this to get back in to a nurturing daily writing habit.
·         Having a quiet workspace without the clutter or distractions (agreeing not to check email!). The writingprompts also helped in jumpstarting both my writing and brainstorming on my project.
·         I valued having the space and time to focus on my project, knowing others were nearby doing the same thing. Talking about writing was insightful and made it less daunting.
·         I now have 4-5 solid pages for an article, a clear idea of what needs to be done next, and an idea for expanding this idea into a second article. I also picked up some writing tips and learned more about the process by listening to otherretreat participants.
·         I got most of a research manuscript written and started a conference presentation.
·         I really like the process of thinking about personal goals, inner critic, writing downhill, etc. Very good framework.
·         I wrote ¾ of a grant proposal written. Developed a better understanding of the research on my topic. Refined my ideas.
What is my commitment?
You should be available to meet all day each of the three days.
Who can join the retreat?
The Faculty Writing Retreat is open to all faculty of any rank and from any discipline. There is a short application process. (See attached application). We will limit the retreat to 13 participants. We will give first priority to people have not attended a writing retreat in the past.
Who will facilitate the retreat?
Jessica Despain, Associate Professor of English
How do I apply?
Complete the attached application form and submit it to Lynn Bartels by April 30. Applications can be emailed to or sent through Campus Mail to Box 1121.  You will receive an email confirming your acceptance into the retreat. 
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