Center for Faculty Innovation

Applications due for Writing Renewal Retreat

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Retreat dates: Fri, 20 Oct thru Sun, 22 Oct 2017

Retreat location: Mountain Valley Retreat Center, meals and lodging provided.

Apply by Fri, 15 Sept at 12 PM. 

Click here for a PDF preview of the application. 

Seeking renewal as a writer? 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 project.  Enjoy mindfulness mediation, nature walks, music, and more. Also learn more about technologies to increase writing motivation and minimize the distractions facing faculty teaching in a digital age. Renew as a writer and move toward completion of a scholarly and/or creative project. Overnight stay encouraged.  Meals and housing will be provided courtesy of the Center for Faculty Innovation.

Tentative General Schedule for October 20-22, 2017

Friday, Oct 20           3-5 Introductory session

                                    6-8 pm Evening session

Saturday, Oct 21      9-5 pm Writing Sessions

                                    6-8 pm Evening session (Optional)

Sunday, Oct 22         9am-12 pm Closing Session

Click here for an agenda of a past retreat.  


  • Jared Featherstone, MFA, University Writing Center
  • Jen Almjeld, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication & CFI
  • Becca Howes-Mischel, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology

Partner: University Writing Center

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits,  
  • Engaging a writing project,
  • Examining their writing productivity,
  • Appreciating contemplative practices for increasing focus, awareness, and well-being, and
  • Renewing oneself as a writer.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes: 

  • Enhancing scholarly productivity, and
  • Exploring & securing funding opportunities to support scholarly activities.

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 to provide you with reasonable accommodations, as time permits.

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