Writing Retreat

CELTSS will be offering two writing retreats this year as a one-time occurrence, which will meet a range of faculty and librarian needs in the midst of ongoing uncertainty.  

We are able to support up to twenty participants at a one-day writing retreat on May 23, 2022 at the Warren Conference Center in Ashland on a first-applied, first-admitted basis. Lunch and refreshments will be served. 

Jennifer De Leon and Dr. Belinda Walzer will serve as writing coaches. Jenn is an Assistant Professor in English at Framingham State University and Belinda is an Assistant Professor in English at Appalachian State University and a former Director of the Writing Center at Northeastern University. 

We are able to support up to ten participants at the overnight writing retreat between May 19-22, 2022 at the Cedar Hill Retreat Center in Duxbury on a first-applied, first-admitted basis. Dr. Elaine Beilin will serve as writing coach. Elaine is a former Framingham State Professor of English and former CELTSS Director. To learn more about the Cedar Hill Retreat Center, please visit their website: www.cedarhillcenter.org. Depending on how many people attend, you may be required to share a bedroom. Food will be supplied, however, all participants will be asked to pitch in to make the meals. 

Please complete this online application by Tuesday, April 19th if you wish to participate in either writing retreat. We expect places to fill up quickly and will notify participants by Tuesday, April 26th. In the event that you apply to both retreats, we ask that you specify which of the two retreats you prioritize, as we cannot guarantee participation in both.

Colleagues will attest that it is a great opportunity to jump start a project, clear the cobwebs from the brain, or advance a project on the back burner. It doesn't have to be all writing either; sometimes it's just thinking or sharing your ideas with the facilitator."

2019 participant

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At Duxbury, everyone is very respectful of quiet time and individual spaces. There are places to escape to as well if you need alone time. There's a private beach for walking and even some brave individuals who take the plunge in May. Bedtimes seemed mostly staggered according to individuals' own clocks, and although we share rooms, I never felt weird about that, and I'm pretty private. Most people got up before me so when I got up, I would find coffee in the pot. One night meal making is easy and basic with some surprising innovators out there. Dessert is included! And there were always leftovers to take home. You can bring your own alcohol (liquor store nearby), but teetotalers are welcome, too."

- 2019 participant

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CELTSS provided us with a warm and sharing environment in a south shore paradise. I left feeling energized, accomplished, and happy to be part of the FSU community."

- 2015 participant

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Collaboration with writing coaches and colleagues was a great benefit to my overall goal."

- 2015 participant

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