Peter WritingRetreats are offered during the academic year and the summer. They offer faculty an opportunity to set aside time for their writing, and write in the company of others in a comfortable, relaxed space. Learn more about faculty experiences in the summer retreat in the Duke News article: At summer retreat, faculty brush up on their writing.

End of Semester Writing Retreat

December 10-11, 2018  | 9am - 4pm 

Hosted at the home of Professor Charlotte Clark. RETREAT IS NOW FULL. Please email to be added to the waiting list. 

Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat 

November 9, 2018  | 9am - 4pm

King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC.

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 project topics and writing strategies. 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. Co-sponsored by the Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics. Retreat is offered at no cost to participants. Facilitator: Jennifer Ahern-Dodson.

 Registration opens 9/24. Register here. Questions? Contact

Fall Break Writing Retreat

October 8-9, 2018 | 10am-4pm

Art Building, East Campus.  

Take time for your own writing during break, make progress on a project, and write alongside colleagues. Retreat includes structured writing time and strategies to align writing goals and priorities and sustain writing momentum. RSVP to by 10/5. 

Writing Retreat for Faculty in Medicine and Health Sciences

September 28, 2018  |  9am - 4pm

King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC.

The Duke Faculty Write Program in collaboration with the Duke Office of Research Initiatives invites you to a one-day writing retreat for faculty researchers in the Medicine, Health Sciences, and Medical Humanities.

The retreat offers time to write independently in a comfortable, relaxed space. Throughout the day, the retreat facilitators will offer short tips and workshops to help you boost productivity, satisfaction, and enjoyment in your writing.

Bring a writing project that you want to work on. You’ll make progress on it while participating in a writing community. Along the way, you’ll learn and experiment with new techniques. Breakfast and lunch are included. Facilitator: Monique Dufour.

To register, please complete the following form.

End of Summer Writing Retreat

August 16-17, 2018  |  9am - 4pm 

King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC.

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

RSVP to Vanessa Turnier ( by August 10th.

SUMMER 2018: Summer Scholarly Writing Retreat

May 21-24, 2018

King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC.

The 2018 summer scholarly writing 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.


The summer 2018 retreat is made possible through a Faculty Development Seed grant from Duke’s Office for Faculty Advancement.

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


2018 Summer Retreat Faculty Participants

2018 Summer Writing Retreat Participants