Fall 2022 Writing Retreat
The expertise in the room ranged from gun violence to the origins of life, from digital marketing to transnational feminism, from organic chemistry to renewable energy.
Hundreds of faculty members from all university chancellor units—including part-time faculty and postdocs—convened in late August at the Rutgers Inn and Conference Center in Piscataway for a two-day Writing Retreat. This kick-off to the Fall 2022 semester marked our first in-person gathering in more than two years, an opportunity to dedicate space and time to write without distraction amid a community of scholars.
Faculty members, grateful for the uninterrupted quiet time, reported significant progress on their work. Many said the energy in the room was palpable.
Our office took care of the details—coffee and lunch and a room with a view. While our primary goal was to offer quiet time for productive work, we also facilitated a lunchtime networking session, scheduled one-on-one consultations with publishing experts from Rutgers University Press, and led a crowd-sourcing support exercise to share strategies for conquering a resistance to writing.
Thanks to Micah Kleit, director of RU Press, retreat participants received a complimentary copy of The Book Proposal Book by Laura Portwood-Stacer.