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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 focus on dedicated writing time, strategies for sustaining writing momentum, and goal setting discussions. The summer retreat 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

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

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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