Summer Writing Retreat

Summer Writing Retreat

June 20-24, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
225 Peabody Hall

Do you need time specifically dedicated to writing a grant or sabbatical proposal or finishing a manuscript or dissertation? Do the distractions of emails, calls and texts keep you from finishing your writing project? Are you looking for a space to put your thoughts on paper? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Summer Writing Retreat is just for you.   

Hosted by LSU’s Learning & Teaching Collaborative, the Summer Writing Retreat is a week-long retreat devoted to faculty, staff and student writing. Plan to come for a session, a day or the week. Retreat writers will share and support each other in their writing goals, and connect to university resources. 

Registration is now closed. 

Unfortunately the room capacity has been met and we can no longer take registrants. 

*If you are interested in participating in a virtual writing option, the National Center for Faculty Diversity & Development is hosting a Summer Writing Challenge. The great news is that LSU faculty and graduate students have a free membership! To find out how to join and use the resources offered, click here. 


Writing Retreat FAQ's: 

What is a writing retreat?   

The Summer Writing Retreat is an opportunity for practicing and strengthening your writing skills. Each of us comes to writing with different experiences, motivations, skills, and emotions; and this is a space for encouragement and accountability. Here are some of the offerings during the week:

  • Quiet writing space/time
  • Goal setting exercises
  • Accountability/celebration for reaching goals
  • Productive Procrastination Moments - connecting to resources associated with writing
  • Breakout sessions: information related to writing projects, developing writing habit, etc.
  • Peer review/feedback groups (Wednesday afternoon on own, optional) 


What should I expect when I attend the retreat?  

For face-to-face attendees, we will meet each day in 225 Peabody Hall. Come with what you might need to write. The morning writing sessions will be Monday through Friday and begin at 8:30 a.m., and the afternoon sessions will begin at 1:00 p.m. Sessions will begin with some general instructions and goal setting exercises and will close with some tips and resources to help you build a writing habit. Each afternoon there will also be an optional break out session for additional information. Please note that Wednesday afternoon there will be no large room writing session. Instead, attendees will be grouped with others for a peer review group on their own.  

What should I bring?  

Bring whatever you will need to write, such as a laptop, paper, pencil/pen, and any other materials you need for your writing project. Coffee, water and some snacks will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.  

Is breakfast and lunch provided? 

Coffee, tea, water and snacks will be provided; however, writers will be responsible for their own lunch. There are many different lunch options around the Peabody area including Subway, the Student Union, CC's coffee and City Pork (located in the Art & Design building).