Pen to Paper Writing Retreat

A Writing Retreat Focused on Writing With, For, and About Service and Engagement

Pen to Paper is an academic writing retreat designed to provide time, space, and resources to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on (or planning for) journal manuscripts related to service- and community-engagement.

The two and a half-day retreat provides participants with time to discuss ideas with and receive feedback from journal editors, receive mentoring from senior faculty coaches, share ideas with peers, and write.

Each year attendance is intentionally kept to a minimum in order to foster personal connections between participants and their journal editors and senior faculty coaches. The small group also provides the space participants need to focus on their writing.

Indiana Campus Compact is pleased to be partnering with Nazareth College and New York Campus Compact to present the 2017 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat. The Retreat will take place November 9 – 11, 2017 on the campus of Nazareth College in Rochester, New York.

Attendance is for this intensive Retreat is limited in order to foster personal connections between participants, journal editors, and Retreat facilitators, as well as to provide the ‘space’ for attendees to focus on their writing.

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In order to ensure an optimal experience for all, Pen to Paper 2017 will once again offer the following focus tracks for participants:

Ready to Publish—for those who have a completed/nearly completed manuscript. These individuals are attending the Retreat to receive feedback from journal editors and to learn more about the various avenues available to publish their work.

Ready to Write—for those whose research is complete/nearly complete and have a writing plan, but who have not yet begun the writing process. These individuals are attending the Retreat to fully plan their writing strategy and receive guidance as they begin the writing process.

Planning to Write — for those who have begun to strategize about developing future research and writing project(s). These individuals have chosen a research/writing topic and/or may have begun the research process, and are attending to receive feedback and assistance in developing their writing/research agenda.—We encourage you to attend the Connecting Campuses with Communities: Research Academy workshop prior to attending Pen to Paper. This workshop will help to prepare you for service-learning / community engagement research.

Thursday, November 9
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Check-In at Pen to Paper

Outside Medaille Formal Lounge in Medaille Residence Hall  at Nazareth College

2:00 PM Welcome & Introductions
2:45 PM Affinity Group Session
4:00 PM Plenary Presentation
5:45 PM Depart for Hilton Garden Inn
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Check-In at Hilton Garden
7:15 PM Depart for Optional Group Dinner

 

7:30 PM Group Dinner
Evening Relaxation OR Networking OR Individual Writing Time
Friday, November 10
7:30 AM Depart for Nazareth College

Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 7:20 AM

7:45 AM– 8:45 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Morning Welcome and Check-In
9:45 AM – 12:00 PM Journal Presentations / Panel Discussion / Plenary Presentation
12:00 PM– 1:00 PM Lunch
1:15 PM – 6:00 PM Affinity Group Session / Presentations to Editors
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:15 PM Depart for Hilton Garden Inn
Evening Personal Writing Time OR Relaxation / Networking
Saturday, November 11
Reminder: Participants need to be checked out of their rooms by 11:00 AM.
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Check-out of Hilton Garden Inn
8:45 AM Depart Hilton Garden Inn

Meet in the Hotel Lobby at 8:30 AM

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Breakfast & Individual Work Time

Sign up for 1:1 meetings in the main meeting room—each editor will have a posted schedule for the entire retreat.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Individual Meetings with Editors (Manuscript Ready Participants)

Affinity Group Session (Ready to Write Participants)

12:00 PM– 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:45 PM Affinity Group Session – Final Pitches to Editors
2:30 PM Affinity Group Report-Out / Full Group Reflections / Parting Thoughts
3:30 PM Adjourn – Safe Travels!

*Subject to change

2017 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat Venue:

Nazareth College
Medaille Formal Lounge in Medaille Residence Hall
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Medaille Residence Hall is just off S Campus Drive with general parking available just adjacent to the building in Lot A. Campus maps and directions to Nazareth College can be found on the College’s website.

Participants need to arrive at Medaille Residence Hall at Nazareth College on Thursday, November 9 between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. EST.

RETREAT LODGING:

Overnight accommodations for all Retreat participants have been secured at the Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/Pittsford.

Registered participants do not need to contact the hotel to confirm their reservation.

Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/Pittsford
800 Pittsford Victor Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
(585) 248-9000

TRANSPORTATION

Daily transportation between the Hilton Garden Inn and Nazareth College has been arranged, and is included in the cost of participant registration.

Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Rochester, New York and Nazareth College at the beginning and end of the Retreat.

The three closest airports to the Retreat location are:

For further information on ground transportation from your preferred airport to Nazareth College, please visit their main website.

Transportation to and from Rochester, NY is also available through Amtrak through the newly renovated Rochester Train Station. The Station is approximately 7 miles / 18 minutes from Nazareth College. The Station is located at 320 Central Avenue, Rochester, NY 14605.

2017 Pen to Paper Retreat participants will need to arrive at Nazareth College between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, October 15, 2017.

Due to the limited number of  spots available for this event, refunds will not be allowed. However, if you would like to transfer your registration to another individual at your institution you may do so until October 23, 2017.

This event is only open to individuals from Campus Compact partner institutions. Not sure if your institution is a Campus Compact partner institution? Check here.

Registration fee is $650 and includes the following:

  • Overnight accommodations for Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • Overnight accommodations for Friday, November 10, 2017
  • 2 ½ days of programming and relevant resources for the Pen to Paper Writing Retreat
  • Meals beginning with dinner on Thursday, November 9, 2017 and continuing through lunch on Saturday, November 11, 2017 (6 meals & accompanying lite snacks)
  • Daily transportation between Nazareth College and the Hilton Garden Inn Rochester/Pittsford.

Registration Payments
Registration payments will be processed through the Indiana University Office of Conference and Event Registrations. You will be required to use the link at the end of the registration to process your payment. 

  • Due to the limited number of spots available for this event, refunds will not be allowed. However, if you would like to transfer your registration to another individual at your institution you may do so until October 23, 2017.

Bring Pen to Paper to your campus / state by partnering with Indiana Campus Compact to host the Pen to Paper Writing Retreat. The next opportunity to submit a proposal to host Pen to Paper will take place in early 2018 for the opportunity to host either Pen to Paper 2019 or Pen to Paper 2020.

The Request for Proposal will be released in December 2017.

If you have questions or would like more information about hosting Pen to Paper, please contact Laura Weaver, director of programs and member development, at weaverla {at} iupui(.)edu.

Since its inception in 2012, over 100 engaged scholars have been mentored by representatives from the following journals:

  • Campus Compact and Stylus Publishing, LLC partnership
  • CES4Health
  • International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
  • Journal of Public Scholarship in High Education
  • Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education
  • Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
  • Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning
  • Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Prism: A Journal of Regional Engagement

Indiana Campus Compact would like to thank the following state Compacts and universities who have collaborated in bringing Pen to Paper to their states and campuses:

  • Illinois Campus Compact
  • Michigan Campus Compact
  • Ohio Campus Compact
  • Wisconsin Campus Compact
  • New York Campus Compact
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan
  • Nazareth College
  • George Williams College of Aurora University