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 manuscripts related to service-learning and community engagement.

The two and a half-day retreat provides 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.


Registration for the 2018 Pen to Paper Retreat is now closed. To be notified when information about the 2019 Retreat is announced, contact Laura Weaver, Director of Programs and Member Development, at weaverla {at} iupui(.)edu.

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.

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.

2018 PEN TO PAPER Schedule-At-A-Glance*

*subject to change.

Planning for Pen to Paper 2018 is currently underway! The schedule below can be used for general planning, for more detailed information please contact either Laura Weaver at weaverla {at} iupui(.)edu.

All sessions will take place at Dumas Bay Centre. View more information on the venue here.

The times listed below can be used for travel planning purposes, however Retreat content is subject to change. A detailed schedule will be sent to all registered participants prior to the start of Pen to Paper.

2018 Pen to Paper Retreat

Time listed in Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Sunday, August 26, 2018 (participants & facilitators only)
11:00 PM – 11:45 AM Check-In at Pen to Paper

*Participants should plan to arrive no later than 11:30 AM

12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Welcome Lunch
1:15 PM – 3:30 PM Plenary Presentation: Publishing Your Community-Engaged Scholarship
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Plenary Presentation: Concentrated Writing Workshop
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Group Dinner
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Plenary Presentation: A focus on P & T
Monday, August 27, 2018
7:45 AM– 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Morning Welcome and Check-In
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Plenary Presentation: Editor Panel Discussion & Publishing Outlet Presentations
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Affinity Group Session: Preparation for Pitch Presentations
12:00 PM– 1:15 PM Group Lunch
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Affinity Group Session: Preparation for Pitch Sessions
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Affinity Group Session: Round-Robin Pitch Sessions to Editors
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Group Dinner
Evening Personal Writing Time OR Networking OR Relaxing
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
7:45 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Individual Work Time & One-on-One Meetings with Retreat Facilitators and Editors
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Group Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Plenary Workshop: Concentrated Writing Workshop
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Participant Presentations, Final Group Reflection & Parting Thoughts
4:00 PM Adjournment

*times listed should be used as reference for travel planning; session content subject to change

Click here to view the 2017 Pen to Paper Agenda.

Interested in which JOURNALS will be represented? See the updated list here. Note, this list is continuously being updated.

Registration for the 2018 Pen to Paper Retreat is closed. To be notified when information about the 2019 Retreat is announced, contact Laura Weaver, Director of Programs and Member Development, at weaverla {at} iupui(.)edu.

Retreat LOGISTIC information can be found here.

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:

The following publishing outlets have been invited to the 2018 Pen to Paper Retreat. This list will be updated regularly.

  • [invited]
  • International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement [confirmed]

Dan Richard, PhD, (Co-Editor), is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Office of Faculty Enhancement at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Social Psychology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He has maintained several multi-institutional collaborative research projects focusing on the long-term impacts of service learning and civic engagement. He has published research on how service-learning program alumni continue their reflection after graduation and how dialogue across perceived difference during service-learning programs has impacts in the lives of program alumni after graduation. He has taught community-based learning courses for more than five years. His honors seminar, “Is Revenge Sweet?” explores how psychological barriers related to community members’ lasting resentment (i.e., revenge) against those released from prison inhibits successful ex-offender transition to the community. Along with Dr. Lane Perry at Western Carolina University, Dan co-edits the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.

  • Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education [confirmed].

Catherine Stemmans Paterson, PhD, (Editor), joined the Indiana State University Athletic Training faculty in 1998. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty Fellow in the Center for Community Engagement, and Editor of the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.  Dr. Paterson earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1998, a Master of Education degree at The University of Louisiana – Monroe in 1995, and a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Louisiana – Lafayette in 1994. Her engaged scholarship focuses on service-learning activities in emergency health care environments, and assessment of engaged curricular strategies.

  • Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement [confirmed]

James Frabutt, PhD, (Editorial Board), serves as Senior Advisor to the Provost and is a faculty member in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame. In the Alliance for Catholic Education, Frabutt teaches in the Remick Leadership Program. He is also a Fellow in the Center for Social Concerns and a member of the University’s Community Engagement Coordinating Council. He previously served as Deputy Director of the Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Frabutt brings over 15 years of experience implementing applied research/evaluation designs in classrooms, schools, academic research centers, and non-profit agencies. He has employed action-oriented, community-based research approaches to areas such as parenting and child development, delinquency prevention, school-based mental health, teacher and administrator action research, racial disparities in the juvenile justice system, and community violence reduction. His research efforts have been funded by the National Institute of Justice, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, and the Mental Health-Education Integration Consortium. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Italian (University of Notre Dame) and masters and doctoral degrees in human development and family studies (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).

  • Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning [confirmed]

Neeraja Aravamudan, PhD, (Editorial Board), is the Assistant Director for Engaged Learning Partnerships at the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service & Learning at the University of Michigan. She has focused her professional career in higher education on helping students and faculty to make their teaching and learning more student-centered, inclusive and equitable. At the Ginsberg Center, Neeraja supports Faculty, Academic Program Staff and Graduate Student Instructors who want to integrate community engagement into their courses, research, and programs. Her commitment to social justice education is rooted in her personal experiences as an immigrant and her work in anti-bias education. Community-engaged learning brings together her interests in social justice, teaching and learning, and values-centered practices. At the U of M, she has also worked with CRLT as an Instructional Consultant, most recently co-leading the 2016 Rackahm-CRLT Preparing Future Faculty Seminar. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Michigan Engaging Communities through the Classroom (MECC), is a member of Student Life’s Well-Being Network Action Team, and is an IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) Qualified Administrator. Prior to joining the Ginsberg Center, Neeraja led graduate student development efforts for 10 years at Northwestern University’s Searle Center for Advancing Teaching & Learning. She also worked for 10 years as an anti-bias training facilitator with the Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD of DIFFERENCE Institute. In her free time, she enjoys attending and participating in local theatre, DIY projects, volunteering at her childrens’ schools, and spending time with her family.

  • Stylus Publishing, LLC [invited]

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
  • 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
  • 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:

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