Pen to Paper Writing Retreat

Pen to Paper has been postponed; please look for more information in the coming weeks.

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.

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.

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.

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 2020 will take place Monday, May 18 to Wednesday May 20, 2020 at an outdoor education center in east-central Michigan. Participants will enjoy either single or double-occupancy, modest hotel-style accommodations situated on a wooded 1,100-acre property. This serene setting offers opportunity for participants to focus on their writing.

Pen to Paper 2020 includes:

  • Overnight accommodations on Monday, May, 18th and Tuesday, May 19th (single- or double-occupancy, modest hotel-style)
  • Meals beginning with lunch on Monday, May 18th and continuing through lunch on Wednesday, May 20th (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 24-hour beverage service)
  • Facilitated Pen to Paper programming Monday, May 18th through Wednesday, May 20th
  • Feedback from editors from the top engagement journals.
  • Complete access to the Retreat facility, which provides ample writing spaces.

Pen to Paper 2020 will begin at with lunch at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on Monday, May 18th. Participants can begin checking in at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The Retreat will end at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, May 20th. Participants that are not staying for Pen to Paper 2.0 must depart the Retreat center by 2:30 p.m. (ET).

New for 2020! 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 2.0 with this specifically in mind.

Open to 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.

Pen to Paper 2.0 will immediately follow Pen to Paper 2020, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, May 20th. Registered Pen to Paper 2.0 participants are able to check-in beginning at 11:00 a.m. (ET) and join the Pen to Paper 2020 participants for lunch scheduled at 12:00 p.m. (ET). The Pen to Paper 2.0 Retreat will end at 1:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday, May 22nd and all participants must depart the Retreat center by 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Pen to Paper 2.0 includes:

  • Overnight accommodations on Wednesday, May, 20th and Thursday, May 21st (single- or double-occupancy, modest hotel-style)
  • Meals beginning with lunch on Wednesday, May 20th and continuing through lunch on Friday, May 22nd (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, 24-hour beverage service)
  • Peer feedback on your engaged writing
  • Complete access to the Retreat facility, which provides ample writing spaces.

Registration for Pen to Paper 2020 and Pen to Paper 2.0 will open in early March 2020. Registration takes place via our secure Engagement Portal. In order to register you must first create an account.

Space is limited to twenty participants for each session, so be sure to register early!

For more information, contact Laura Weaver, Director of Professional Development and Engaged Learning at laura {at} incampuscompact(.)org.