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2020 EKU Faculty Writing Retreat

            Invitation to the 2020 EKU Faculty Writing Retreat
                                          May 18-20, 2020
                                              Main Library
Do you have a writing project or grant application that is in your research pipeline?  Is it time to start something new?  Need to put the finishing touches on your latest draft?  Or are you a new professor who needs to get your research agenda off the ground?  Are you planning on participating in the Faculty Scholar’s Institute (Register here!) and want to build off that momentum the following week?
The Provost’s Office, the Office of Research, EKU Libraries, and The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity have partnered to offer an EKU Faculty Writing Retreat, May 18, 19, and 20 in the EKU Library.
Think of this retreat as an “academic incarceration.”  We provide you with a private space in the Main Library - away from the distractions of your office – to focus only on your writing.
In return, you agree to write, not grade, not check email or social media, or not leave the retreat for other meetings.  Arriving at the retreat with very specific writing tasks, whether conceptualizing and drafting a new manuscript or completing final revisions to a long-standing work, will allow you to maximize this opportunity.  You would also agree to give a brief summary of your work at the end of each day to the rest of the group.
Faculty members that provide a brief, half-page summary of their work on the last day, as well as proof of manuscript or project acceptance within a year of the retreat, will receive $500 toward their professional development.
Dates:  May 18, 19, 20
When is the deadline for application?  Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The EKU Writer’s Retreat is accepting 20 applications and will provide a private study room in the Main Library for your exclusive use.  The EKU Libraries faculty will also be available to assist you.  You must bring all of the materials needed for your writing project, including your laptop.  Computers will not be provided.
Monday and Tuesday morning, you will sign in by 8:30 a.m. and get to work.  Snacks and beverages will be available in a common room throughout the day.  At 11:30 a.m., the group will break for lunch together.  From 12:30-3:30 will be back to work; from 3:30-4:00 will be summaries of work completed.
If you have a collaborator on campus, you may both apply or you may apply and invite your collaborator to join you for a portion of the retreat.  You are expected to focus intensively on writing for at least six hours each day.
Wednesday will start at 8:30 a.m. and end with lunch and debrief at 11:30 a.m., where you will give a final report and outline future plans toward submission.
Complete and sign the attached application and submit it along with a description of your project and project goals to the Office of the Associate Vice President (BTC 147), or scan and email Justina Keathley at
In selecting participants, preference will be given to faculty preparing for a major review (tenure or promotion), to new faculty establishing a writing program, and to faculty in transition.  Selected participants will be notified by April 1.
Contact Dr. Tom Martin’s office for further information.
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Published on March 05, 2020

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