Call for Applications – 2015 CILA Summer Writing Retreat

Call for applications: 2015 CILA Summer Writing RetreatPower of Words

To access the 2015 CILA summer writing retreat form click here.

Are you working on developing a work-in-progress, revising a conference presentation for publication, revising with referee feedback for resubmission, or redirecting a rejected manuscript this summer?

The 2015 CILA Summer Writing Retreat is a program designed to help faculty transition to their summer writing projects. The retreat –  led by Director of Writing and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Diane LeBlanc – provides structured writing time in a distraction-free atmosphere among supportive colleagues. During the week of June 1 – 5 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., participants meet every day as a group for coaching, editing, inspiration, and support, and they work individually on projects for several hours each day. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments are included, as well as an opening dinner. A few residential positions are available for those who may wish to stay overnight at Larson House during the retreat. All participants will receive a modest stipend. Opportunities for follow-up will be available through the program.

This opportunity is open to St. Olaf faculty from all disciplines and Faculties, but preference will be given to faculty on the tenure-track. Space is limited, so if you are interested, please complete this form by Friday, April 10, 2015. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Last year’s Summer Writing Retreat participants unanimously responded that they would “definitely recommend” the retreat to other faculty, and all participants gave it the highest possible overall rating of “excellent.” Some comments from previous participants are below:

  • “I got a lot of writing done! It was pretty intense, but I had something to show for my efforts by the end of the week.” 
  • “I made significant progress on several writing projects. The retreat was definitely inspirational.”
  • “Diane was amazing, and the readings were fantastic (although I initially recoiled at reading them!). The house setting was wonderful, and the meals were outstanding!”
  • “The retreat atmosphere really builds a sense of camaraderie and as a result I feel more connected to colleagues in other departments.”
  • “Honestly, this was life changing for me. Reintroduced myself to writer self. Thank you!”