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Writing Retreat

Our half-day and full-day writing retreats are a staple of The Write Track initiative hosted by CTLE and Faculty Success.

In support of faculty success in publishing your scholarship, creative works, and research, we host writing retreats that bring faculty together as a community. Sometimes, we are fortunate to host an off-campus retreat in a fresh physical space that promotes writing productivity, focus, and supporting each other’s success. And if you are working on a scholarship of teaching and learning project, you are more than welcome to attend. All scholarship and creative works writing are welcome!

Depending on the session, these community writing sessions include setting intentions and goals for the day, identifying our obstacles to writing, finding ways to overcome writing distractions, and strategic planning to meet your goals.Writing board [View Image]

Summer 2021 Writing Retreats

We are excited to announce our two part summer writing retreat. Longing for a glimpse of normal and finding a routine? Looking for creative (and compassionate) paths toward getting unstuck in your writing? Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and out of balance during a (never-ending) global pandemic? Wishing you had a writing community to keep you connected and feel less isolated? This FREE 2-session virtual writing retreat facilitated by CTLE Faculty Fellow Sharon Zumbrunn will help participants define their writing and wellness priorities and learn practical strategies for a more balanced and rewarding summer.

Each session includes an interactive workshop & workbook, a 90-minute writing block, and space to build a community to write together, apart.

Get Priorganized! Part I: Planning a Realistic Summer Schedule

View Part I Recording 

Get Priorganized! Part II: Mapping a Realistic Summer Schedule

View Part II Recording

Previous Retreats

Testimonials from past retreats:

"I have become more productive and more confident, and I have found different types of "writing villages" and gotten to know more people at VCU.  I cannot begin to tell you how beneficial these retreats have been."

"What a well-planned and well-executed retreat. It was great."

"I'm a first semester doc student. I received so much direction and so many great organization tips!"A headshot of Dr. Linder [View Image]Learn more about Dr. Linder at

Retreat Resources

Click on the links below to view recordings from our fall 2020 writing retreat with national guest speaker, Dr. Katie Linder and CTLE faculty fellow Dr. Sharon Zumbrunn.

Planning for a Productive Break: Strategies & Tips for Success

Afraid that your break will pass you by without achieving the writing goals you have in front of you? Research says that goals are more easily accomplished when they are clearly articulated and written down. In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in reflective activities to design their upcoming break writing plans.

Writing with Intention: Creating a Strategic Scholarly Pipeline

Purposeful writing begins with a plan and a strategy. In this interactive workshop, participants will receive tools and ideas for creating and maintaining a scholarly writing pipeline for articles, books, conference proposals, and other projects that can be applied to any stage in their academic career.

Ring in 2021 with Your Individual Development Plan with Sharon Zumbrunn


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