Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Recent Writing Retreat Offers Graduate Students a 3-Day Writing Opportunity

The Writing Retreat organized by PhD student Marcea Ingersoll offered over 30 graduate students the opportunity to spend three days focused on writing in the Education Library, from May 7-9, 2014.

Modelled after the popular Dissertation Boot Camp held on main campus, this unique West-campus writing event was designed to help graduate students kick start a new project, sustain work on a thesis or dissertation, or to get a stalled project going again.

In addition to workshops, panel and group discussions, the Retreat involved daily individual writing time and community building social time to support participants as a community of writers. It offered participants an opportunity for academic growth, personal productivity, and student mental health and wellness through social and academic connections in a supportive writing environment.

The Writing retreat was organized in collaboration with university partners from the office of the Associate Dean, the Education Library, Learning Strategies, Student Academic Success, the Education Graduate Student Society, and Student Wellness Services. Special thanks to the Education Library staff for accommodating the Retreat, and to Liz Parsons, Susan Korba, Sarah Horsford, Ashley Vanstone, Rebecca Luce-Kapler, Don Klinger, Lyn Shulha, and John Freeman for their time and insight.

Graduate student feedback was extremely positive and, clearly, the opportunity to “write alone, together” was appreciated. It was recommended that the retreats be offered at least twice a year and that ongoing opportunities for more informal writing motivation take place throughout the term.

Congratulations to Marcea on organizing such a successful event. We’re already looking forward to the next retreat!

Students brainstorming around a table.

For more pictures of the event, please visit our Graduate Student Writing Retreat photo album on Facebook.