Writing Retreats

Day-Long Saturday Retreats

Carving out time to do serious academic writing during the semester can be tough. But finding a place to do it–and a support network of fellow grad students–doesn’t have to be!

Modeled on Stanford University’s dissertation boot camp and UConn faculty writing retreats, the Writing Center and the Graduate Student Senate sponsor days to write–complete with coffee in the mornings and afternoons, with an optional hour break for lunch. (Feel free to bring your own lunch and snacks.) The goal of this initiative is to provide a distraction-free environment where participants can write. You should come prepared, bringing your notes, books, and laptops, so that you can spend the time getting words on the page. These sessions are not workshops, and no writing instruction will be provided.

We are testing a new feature in this retreat: flash tutoring. If you have any questions about your writing or want to bounce ideas off someone, a tutor will be on-site from 11am to 1pm for quick (ideally 10-15 minute) meetings. 

We encourage you to stay all day, but half-day tickets are available, too.

Event Details:
Where: Augustus Storrs Hall, Carolyn Ladd Widmer Wing Auditorium, Room 016 (STRS WW016) – 231 Glenbrook Road, Storrs CT 06269.

When: Either the first or last Saturday of the month during the semester, 10am-5pm

Dates for Spring 2019:
January 26th, February 23rd, April 6th, April 27th.

Register for the April 27th retreat here



“Start the Semester Off Write!” (Weekly Two-hour retreats)

Modeled after our own successful weekend writing retreats and boot camps, but on a smaller scale, these weekly, shorter retreats feature a space to write and an excuse to do it. The Writing Center recognizes that writing in big bursts of energy can be helpful–but that smaller, weekly commitments can develop good writing habits that carry you through the semester. We challenge you to commit to four weeks of early morning Monday writing to start the semester off right.

Simply writing in the presence of others can bring a surprising sense of solidarity and productivity. Arrive with the project you are working on now and your laptop, along with any notes or books you need. There will not be any tutoring available or any lectures. Hot beverages are provided for these shorter retreats so please bring a re-usable cup of your choice!

Event Details:
Where: Homer Babbidge Library, Level 2, Writing Center Conference Room
When: 9 – 11 am, on the first weekday of the first 4 weeks of the semester

Dates for Spring 2019:

Mon – January 28th

Mon – February 4th

Mon – February 11th

Mon – February 18th

Register here.