Scholarship Communities

Writing Renewal Retreat (Faculty Community)

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 3:00 PM - Sun, 6 Nov 2016 1:00 PM

Location:  Mountain Valley Retreat Center.

The application period has closed for this cohort.    

Click here for a PDF preview of the application. 

Seeking renewal for writing projects? Engage in a three-day writing retreat with a community of faculty writers at Mountain Valley Retreat Center at the base of Massanutten Mountain near Harrisonburg, VA.  Stimulate creativity and reconnect with scholarship passions as participants reflect, dialogue, and engage in advancing a writing or creative project.  Enjoy contemplative practices such as mindfulness mediation, nature walks, music, and more. Also learn more about technologies to increase writing motivation and to sustain the community of writers formed at the retreat. Renew as a writer and move toward completion of a writing project. Overnight stay encouraged, yet optional.  Meals and housing will be provided courtesy of the Center for Faculty Innovation.

Tentative General Schedule for November 4-6, 2016

Friday, Nov. 4           3-4 pm Check in
                                    4-5 pm Introductory session
                                    6-8 pm Evening session
Saturday, Nov. 5       9-5 pm Writing Sessions
                                    6-8 pm Evening session (Optional)
Sunday, Nov. 6          9-1 pm Closing Session

For an agenda of a past retreat click here.  

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits,
  • Engaging a writing project,
  • Examining your writing productivity,
  • Appreciating contemplative practices for increasing focus, awareness, and well-being,
  • Renewing oneself as a writer, and
  • Increasing awareness of technologies to increase faculty productivity and writing community.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes: 

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity,
  • Forming collaborative scholarly projects with students, faculty, & staff at JMU and other institutions, and
  • Practicing the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations.


  • Jared Featherstone, MFA, University Writing Center
  • Jen Almjeld, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication  
  • Ed Brantmeier, Ph.D., CFI and Learning Technology and Leadership Education 

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department and any applicable vendors to provide you with reasonable accommodations, as time permits.

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