Monday, July 14, 2014

On-campus writing retreat set for Aug. 4-8

The UW-Eau Claire Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) is offering an on-campus writing retreat from Aug. 4-8 for faculty, staff and administrators. The retreat will be held in the CWE in McIntyre Library 2003A from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday.

The retreat will provide a quiet space on campus for participants to establish an individual workspace and write among other focused, productive faculty and staff. Participants should bring all materials needed for their projects (including laptops and data) and spread out at tables in the CWE. This is not an opportunity for research; in fact, the CWE recommends that participants turn off their phones, disconnect from WiFi and just focus on writing and revising. This is not a workshop, although opportunities for individual support will be available during the retreat.

During the first morning, the group will convene and individuals will describe specific goals for the day. Participants will write until lunch and then break to eat and socialize. At the end of the day, participants will reflect on their progress and report to the group. Resources on writing and individual afternoon consultations with CWE director Dr. Alan Benson (who will be writing as well), will be available. At the end of the week, individuals will report, reflect, celebrate their accomplishments and devise ways to sustain productivity beyond the retreat.

Register online by July 31. Registration is limited to 30 participants.

For more information, contact Dr. Alan Benson, CWE director, at