Pen to Paper Writing Retreat

A retreat focused on preparing scholars to publish their community engaged work.

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 manuscripts related to service-learning and community engagement.

We at Indiana Campus Compact are committed to supporting engaged scholars through every stage of the publishing process. During this disconnected time of the pandemic, we continue to work with our editorial partners to ensure that Pen to Paper participants, at all levels, receive a quality experience.

We will be back in person for the mid-May Pen to Paper 2022 Retreat! Look for more information in the coming months. The 2022 Retreat will include Pen to Paper 2.0, a special opportunity just for Pen to Paper Alums!

Facilitators and Jounal Editors



Journal Editor (name of Journal)





Pen to Paper

Pen to Paper is a two and a half-day retreat providing participants with time to discuss ideas with and receive feedback from editors, receive mentoring from retreat facilitators, share ideas with peers, and write.

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

The Retreat is organized in such a way as to offer participants two tracks—the Ready to Publish track and Ready to Write track.

  • The Ready to Publish track is for those who have a complete or nearly complete manuscript. These participants will receive feedback from journal editors and learn more about the various avenues available to publish their work.
  • The Ready to Write track is for those whose research is complete or nearly complete and have a writing plan, but who have not yet begun the writing process. These participants will focus on developing their writing strategy and receive guidance as they begin the writing process.

The typical experience includes:

  • Facilitated 2.5 day Pen to Paper programming
  • Feedback from editors from the top engagement journals.
  • Complete access to the Retreat facility, which provides ample writing spaces
  • Modest hotel-style overnight accommodations
  • Meals during the Retreat

Indiana Campus Compact encourages faculty, community engagement professionals, graduate students, and community members who are interested in further developing their community engagement practices and research methodology to attend the Colloquium on High-Impact Community Engagement Practices before attending Pen to Paper.

Pen to Paper 2.0

One of the things Pen to Paper participants have consistently asked for year after year is, “more writing time” even after the facilitated gathering is over. Well, we listened, and have developed Pen to Paper 2.0with this specifically in mind.

Open to any Pen to Paper 2019 (and before) alums, Pen to Paper 2.0 is two-and-a-half days of uninterrupted writing time in a secluded space, but in the company of other engaged scholars. Those wishing to participate in Pen to Paper 2.0 will be asked to submit a draft of a writing project they will be working on during the Retreat, prior to registration. Each participant will receive anonymous peer feedback from another participant upon arrival. Participants have the opportunity to interact as much or as little with fellow Pen to Paper 2.0 participants as they feel necessary.

This experience includes:

  • Peer feedback on your engaged writing
  • Complete access to the Retreat facility, which provides ample writing spaces.
  • Modest hotel-style overnight accommodations
  • Meals during the Retreat

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Registration Pricing


Registration Information

Be sure to check back this fall for more information.

Registrations are processed through our Engagement Portal.

If you need to create an account, please refer to our resource guide.

If you have any questions or run into trouble during your registration process, please contact Summer Webb at 317-274-6501 or summer {at} incampuscompact(.)org.

In-Kind Sponsors

Past Pen to Paper

2021 Pen to Paper
2021 Pen to Paper

Pen to Paper 2021 has been redesigned to meet the needs of today’s virtual environment, while still offering participants the things that are unique to the Pen to Paper experience—individualized feedback from our journal editor partners and senior Retreat facilitators, as well as building your network and receiving peer feedback from colleagues near and far through plenary and small group learning experiences.

Pen to Paper 2021 will kick-off in May 2021 with an opening plenary workshop and continue throughout the summer months, concluding in early August 2021. This extended timeline allows for participants to work throughout the summer on their engaged scholarship while simultaneously receiving feedback from senior Retreat facilitators, peers, and journal editors.

This completely virtual experience will include:
- 2 facilitated half-day (4 hour) virtual workshop
- Facilitated, cohort-based writing meetings occurring every 2 or 3 weeks—organized based on the availability of participants
- Four exclusive webinars with editors of the leading community engagement publications
- Individualized feedback from a senior Retreat facilitator on your scholarly project
- Access to exclusive Pen to Paper resources
Who should attend Pen to Paper 2021

Pen to Paper 2021 is appropriate for most engaged scholars and practitioners including:
- all level of faculty (tenure and non-tenure track),
- community engagement professionals and other engaged professional staff (e.g., student development/affairs staff, institutional research professional staff)
- senior administrators
- graduate students, especially doctoral students
- community partners and community members partnering with campus stakeholders