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Graduate Student Writing Retreat

Dates: May 15-19 and 22-26, 2017
Times: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm (May 15 and 26), 8:30 am - noon (May 16-19 and May 22-25)
Location: Writing Center

Application Deadline: March 28, 2017, 12:00pm CST


Retreat Description and Goals

The Writing Center is hosting its annual Graduate Student Writing Retreat this May, with sponsorship from the English Department and the Graduate School.

The Retreat’s purpose is two-fold. First, graduate students will be given time and space to write in a supportive atmosphere, amongst other writers. A second goal is to promote effective writing practices and to boost the writing process, thereby reducing time to graduation.

Participants should expect to write for three hours each day of the Retreat. Participants should also expect to briefly reflect on their goals and progress with their peers and to meet in short conferences with Writing Center staff.

Coffee and snacks will be provided on the first day of the Retreat. Pizza and cake will be provided in a closing celebration on the last day.


Participant Testimonials

Here's what previous participants had to say about the Retreat.

  • "The retreat provided a great atmosphere for those looking to make significant progress on their dissertation. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I was able to accomplish throughout the week."

  • "It's a great way... to invest in your writing."

  • "It was helpful and nice to be in an environment that was solely devoted to just getting writing done. Having a system of accountability is really helpful."

  • "The retreat allowed us to step out of our normal busy lives, which offer plenty of excuses to not commit full days toward dissertating."

Eligibility Criteria

Graduate students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for participation in the retreat:

  • If selected for participation, you MUST commit to being present for the ENTIRETY of the Retreat; absences of any kind, even missing a small portion of one day are not permitted. A number of individuals and campus units put significant time and resources into planning and providing support during this event, and absences affect the quality of the community forged, productivity, and our ability to fund future Retreats.

  • Your major professor or co-major professor must consent to your participation in the Retreat, by completing the Advisor Consent Form.

  • You must have completed source collection, collected data/completed your proposed work, and be ready to concentrate solely on writing during the Retreat. The stage of writing you are at might differ depending on your discipline. As Internet use is prohibited during the Retreat, you should be at a stage where you can write from the data or research you have already collected. You should use time outside of Retreat hours to collect additional source materials or to analyze additional data, if needed.

  • You must be in good academic standing with your graduate program.

  • If selected to participate, you must submit a $50 non-refundable fee (by check or cash) to the Graduate School prior to the start of the Retreat. This fee supports administrative and staff costs. 

  • If you participated in a prior Retreat, you are eligible to apply for this one.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Dr. Cydney Alexis (calexis@ksu.edu) at the Writing Center prior to completing the application form.


Required Application Materials
Online Application Form
Advisor Consent Form (Word, PDF)

The Advisor Consent Form must be completed and submitted by the advisor to Dr. Megan Miller via one of the following methods:

  • email to mmmiller@ksu.edu
  • OR deliver or send via campus mail to the Graduate School, ATTN: Megan Miller, 119 Eisenhower Hall

Application Deadline: March 28, 2017, 12:00pm CST

If you have questions about completing the application, please contact Dr. Megan Miller (mmmiller@ksu.edu, 785-532-6191) at the Graduate School.


Participant Selection

A committee appointed by the Graduate School will select 15-20 individuals to participate in the Retreat. The committee will aim to represent all of K-State’s academic units and a broad set of disciplines. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than April 17, and their $50 nonrefundable fee will be due to the Graduate School by 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 24. Applicants who fail to submit payment by this date will be notified of their withdrawal from the Retreat, and the committee will then offer that spot to an individual on the waiting list.