bring along A WRITING PROJECT
You'll get the maximum benefit from your retreat if you set yourself a retreat goal. Examples include: finishing off that thesis chapter, addressing referee comments for a 'revise and resubmit', writing an ethics application, putting the finishing touches on a book chapter, or polishing a literature review.
Whatever your project, decide your goals before turning up to the retreat so you can get stuck into your writing project from day one.
WHY WRITING RETREATS ARE FANTASTIC FOR ACHIEVING WRITING GOALS
If you need justification for why you should attend a writing retreat, or would like to know more about what's happening in the writing retreat world, check out these resources:
- MacLeod, I, Steckley, L and Murray, R (2012) Time is not enough: Promoting strategic engagement with writing for publication, Studies in Higher Education, 37(6): 641-654
- Murray, R and Newton, M (2009) Writing retreat as structured intervention: Margin or mainstream?, Higher Education Research and Development, 28(5): 527-39
- Murray, R, Steckley, L and MacLeod, I (2012) Research leadership in writing for publication: A theoretical framework, British Educational Research Journal, 38(5): 765-781