Retreats are offered throughout the year and provide faculty an opportunity to set aside time for their writing, and write in the company of others in a comfortable, relaxed space. 

Academic year retreats are typically offered in August, December, and February, and focus on dedicated writing time, strategies for sustaining writing momentum, and goal setting discussions.

The summer retreat and workshop is a four-day immersive writing retreat and includes writing time, workshops, and feedback on works in progress.   

Learn more about faculty experiences in the summer retreat in the Duke News article At summer retreat, faculty brush up on their writing

Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat: ALUMNI EDITION

Monday, June 1 - Thursday, June 4, 2020 | 9:30am-3pm | Online
Facilitators: Monique Dufour & Jennifer Ahern-Dodson


The Faculty Write Program is pleased to announce the 8th annual Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat. This year, the June retreat is designed for program alumni. Prerequisite: Participation in at least one Faculty Write Program retreat (Engaged Scholar, Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat, academic year retreats in Aug, Dec, Feb.) or active participation in the writing group program. New to the program and want to attend a retreat? Watch for announcements for the August 2020 retreat. 

Set aside time for writing. Make progress on a project. Build momentum. Write in community. Retreat includes structured writing time and interactive workshops. We will hold the retreat VIRTUALLY. If possible, we will include optional in-person components. Nevertheless, we will persist together, online. 

Like our annual in-person retreat, this virtual edition gives you permission to clear some time for your writing. Even if you are home, you can still retreat. Even if we are apart, we can work in community among colleagues. This retreat is designed to help you to reconnect with yourself, your work, and one another. If you want to spend some time with your writing, the retreat can help you to figure out the best way forward for you. What that looks like will be different for everyone. 

Space is limited to 25 participants. The cost for the retreat is $100, and participants may pay by check or by research funds, if Duke affiliated. If the retreat cost poses a financial hardship, please contact

REGISTER HERE. Registration deadline is April 27th, or when the retreat is full. Participants will be notified by May 1st so they can begin to make arrangements. Questions? Contact

This retreat made possible with support from the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and the Thompson Writing Program.

End-of-Semester Writing Retreat 

December 9 & 10, 2019  |  9am - 4pm 
King's Daughters Inn  

UPDATE:  Retreat is full. If you'd like to be added to the wait list, please email

Make progress on a project and write alongside colleagues in a comfortable, relaxed space. Retreat includes structured writing time and strategies for sustaining writing momentum over break. Lunch is provided. Retreat is offered at no cost to participants thanks to support from the Duke Office for Faculty Advancement. Note: Space is limited. Register here

Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat 

September 6, 2019  |  9am - 4pm 
212 Oaks, Elon University  

Are you teaching an engaged pedagogy such as service-learning, community-based research, or participatory action research and working to advance your scholarship? Does your research include community partners? Do you want to explore ways to connect with other faculty who are also working on community-engaged scholarship? Join other North Carolina faculty in this one-day writing retreat for engaged scholars. The retreat includes time for writing as well as discussions on writing strategies and a conversation with engaged scholar Peter Felten. Bring a writing project that you want to work on, at any stage of completion. You’ll make progress on it while participating in a writing community. Sponsored by North Carolina Campus Compact.  Facilitator: Jennifer Ahern-Dodson

Register here:

End-of-Summer Writing Retreat

August 7-8, 2019  |  9am - 4pm 
King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC.

UPDATE: RETREAT IS FULL. Please email to be added to the waiting list

Want one last writing burst before fall semester begins? Would you like to reconnect with colleagues and write alongside faculty from a range of disciplines? Each day of this writing retreat includes time to write independently in a comfortable, relaxed space and optional workshops on productive writing habits. Close out your summer by making progress on a writing project and participating in a writing community. Lunch is included. Space is limited. Facilitator: Jennifer Ahern-Dodson

Register here.

Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat & Workshop

May 20-23, 2019 | 9:00am-5pm
King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC.

UPDATE: RETREAT IS FULL. Please email jahern@duke to be added to the waiting list

The Faculty Write Program is pleased to offer the 7th annual Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat. The retreat provides an immersive experience and includes time for writing, workshops on writing and project planning, and opportunities for feedback on works-in-progress.  In workshops, writers learn powerful practices that can help them to incorporate their role as a writer among their many commitments. Each day includes both hands-on workshops and time to write independently in a comfortable, relaxed space. Learn practical skills about productive writing habits, make progress on a writing project, and participate in a writing community. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Space is limited to 25 participants.  Questions? Contact Sponsored by the Office for Faculty Advancement and the Thompson Writing Program

Registrations accepted through May 8 or until retreat is full. To register, please complete this form and submit with payment (payment options listed on form): 2019 Scholarly Writing Retreat

Accommodations: For those participants who would like overnight accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the group rate of $155 per night at the Residence Inn Marriott, 1108 W. Main Street in Durham. Rooms will be held at this rate until April 29.  Make your reservation online here or call 1-800-Marriott and reference the group "Duke Thompson Writing Program: Faculty Write Retreat" for the group rate. 

Monique Dufour

Monique Dufour
Collegiate Assistant Professor
of History, Virginia Tech

Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Thompson Writing Program

Jennifer Ahern-Dodson
Assistant Professor of the Practice
Thompson Writing Program, Duke


Spring Writing Retreat 

February 15, 2019 | 9:30-5pm
Rubenstein Arts Center (The Ruby)


The Duke Faculty Write Program and Duke Arts invite you to a one-day writing retreat to keep (or get) your writing moving this semester. The retreat offers time to write independently in a comfortable, relaxed space. Throughout the day, the retreat facilitators will offer short tips to help you boost productivity, satisfaction, and enjoyment in your writing, including movement breaks. The retreat is offered at no cost to participants. Optional yoga/movement for writers session from 4-5pm. Facilitators:  Jennifer Ahern-Dodson (Writing) and Sarah Wilbur (Dance)

To register, please fill out this form. If you have questions, please contact

Summer 2018 Scholarly Writing Retreat Participants

2018 Summer Writing Retreat Participants