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The Power of Pause: How to Design an Effective Summer Writing Retreat

When: 5/27/2015
2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
Where: Online Webinar

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The Power of Pause: How to Design an Effective Summer Writing Retreat

Facilitator: Michelle Boyd


It’s finally here. The time you’ve been waiting for all year long. Grades are in; the last faculty meeting was two weeks ago; and the vacation auto-reply is set on your email. It’s summer. And you’ve got serious plans about all the writing you’re going to get done before it’s all over. At the same time, you’re exhausted from classes, you can’t remember where you are with that manuscript you’ve been (not) working on, the kids will be out of school soon, and your family is coming to visit a few weeks after that.


You need a writing retreat! But how can you be sure that you won’t fritter away the time or make yourself crazy spending all that time alone? This webinar offers great advice about how to design your own writing retreat --one that is productive, restorative, and sets the tone for the rest of your summer. The Power of Pause will teach participants to:

  • understand the core components of an effective writing retreat;
  • identify the particular challenges of writing while on retreat;
  • structure and plan a retreat that supports their writing goals

At the end of the webinar, participants will have the basic outline for an independent writing retreat that they can use repeatedly throughout their career.


Michelle Boyd is the Owner and Writing Coach at InkWell Academic Writing Retreats. Despite being a tormented writer, she has received many honors for her research including a Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association. She teaches at the University of Illinois, Chicago, where she cofounded and coached theWriteOut! Dissertation Writing Retreat from 2012-2015.

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