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 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.

Save the Date!

Indiana Campus Compact is pleased to be partnering with the University of Washington Bothell and Seattle and Washington Campus Compact to present the 2018 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat. The Retreat will take place August 26 – 28, 2018 at the Dumas Bay Centre just outside Seattle, Washington. The retreat center offers stunning views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, a perfect setting to settle in and focus.

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.

Registration will open in March 2018

In order to ensure an optimal experience for all, Pen to Paper 2018 will once again offer two focus tracks for participants:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

For those who are planning to write and have begun to strategize about developing future research and writing project(s), we encourage you to attend the Connecting Campuses with Communities: Research Academy (CCC) workshop prior to attending next year’s Pen to Paper. CCC will help you prepare you for service-learning / community engagement research.

Planning for Pen to Paper 2018 is currently underway! Please check back in late February for more details.

Click here to view the 2017 Pen to Paper Agenda.

2018 Pen to Paper Retreat Venue:

Dumas Bay Centre
3200 SW Dash Point Road
Federal Way, WA 98023

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Dumas Bay Centre is located on a bluff above Puget Sound in Federal Way, Washington, approximately 15 miles from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Retreat Center is set on 12 acres, and offers panoramic views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, as well as offering participants an opportunity to enjoy its many gardens and outdoor spaces.

Retreat Lodging

Overnight accommodations for the 2018 Pen to Paper Retreat will also be at the Dumas Bay Centre and rooms are single occupancy. As a reflection of Dumas Bay Centre’s distinctive past, their accommodations are simple yet comfortable. Guest rooms feature a writing desk, half-bath with access to showers just outside room clusters. In order to help facilitate a reflective, retreat mentality, televisions and telephones have been omitted from guest rooms, but free WIFI is offered throughout the facility. There are several lounges throughout Dumas Bay Centre where televisions are available and are perfect for relaxing, networking with colleagues, or finding that perfect space to write.


Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Federal Way, Washington and Dumas Bay Centre at the beginning and end of the Retreat.

The closest airport to the Retreat location is:

For further information on ground transportation from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Dumas Bay Centre, please visit the airport’s main website.

Transportation to and from the Seattle-Tacoma, Washington region is also available through Amtrak via the following rail stations:

Bring Pen to Paper to your campus / state by partnering with Indiana Campus Compact to host the Pen to Paper Writing Retreat.Call for proposals to host Pen to Paper 2019 or 2020 will be realeased spring 2018.

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
  • Journal of Management Education
  • Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning
  • Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Prism: A Journal of Regional Engagement
  • Washington Campus Compact
  • Wisconsin Campus Compact
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Washington Bothell
  • University of Washington Seattle

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:

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