8th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference - April 18-19, 2020  - - Academic Writing Retreat - April 19, 2020

NOTE: Following guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, the 8th annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference has adopted a virtual format.

InkWell - academic writing retreats - Logo Live: Academic Writing Retreat with Michelle Boyd, author, scholar, writing coach and retreat facilitator, and founder of InkWell Academic Writing Retreats
Sunday, April 19
The writing retreat begins: 8 am Mountain / 9 am Central / 10 am Eastern

The retreat will last for six hours and follow the format below:

  • Coaching Session I: Jumpstart your writing
  • Writing Session
  • Coaching Session II: Managing writing barriers
  • Writing Session
  • Coaching Session III: Maintaining your momentum
  • Writing Session
  • Coaching Session III: Next Steps

Provided by InkWell Academic Writing Retreats
Michelle Boyd, Coach and Facilitator

Scholars require more than time to write. They also need structure and strategies that help them manage the challenges of writing for extended periods of time. Women of color scholars in particular often lack a community of practice that is a safe, encouraging space within which to connect, build their network, learn, and celebrate one another's victories. The Conference Writing Retreat provides this and more.

Program & Outcomes:

InkWell's Conference Writing Retreat is a daylong, in-person, retreat-based training that teaches effective, evidence-based strategies to scholars like you who are struggling to write. This unique format complements FWCA’s focus on supportive, empowering professional development. The Conference Writing Retreat does not simply allow you to make progress on your writing. It also increases your productivity and satisfaction by providing the 1) training you need to get your writing done, 2) time to practice what you learned, 3) coaching you need to hone your skills, and 4) a community to support your progress.

By the end of each retreat, you will:

  • have made significant, measurable progress on your writing project
  • understand one of the key barriers to effective writing and its impact on your particular writing process
  • understand and have implemented at least one evidence-based strategy for addressing that challenge
  • be able to integrate that strategy into your regular writing practice
  • have expanded and deepened your network of intellectual and professional support

The retreat includes:

A training workshop, 2-3 facilitated small group check-ins, and 4.5 hours of concentrated writing time.

Ready, Set, Flow: How to Make the Most of Your Writing Time teaches you the key to making the most of a writing session, regardless of how long it lasts. Scholars who feel overwhelmed or paralyzed when beginning to write learn to quickly clarify what needs done and enjoy a strong sense of satisfaction when finished.

$160 includes the retreat, lunch and refreshments, and a subscription to InkWell’s monthly newsletter on writing.

Photo Michelle Boyd, PhD, is an award-winning writer and scholar, a coach, and the founder of InkWell Academic Writing Retreats. She spent the first part of her career doing interdisciplinary, ethnographic research on the political significance of black racial identity. After earning tenure, Michelle focused her research and service on helping scholars better understand their writing process. She has been coaching and facilitating writing retreats since 2012, when she cofounded and coached a dissertation writing retreat for graduate students at her university studying race and ethnicity. Three years later she founded InkWell, where she helps overcommitted scholars create space in their lives for writing.


Register for Retreat Only (Or the retreat can be an add-on to your conference registration):

$160 -includes the workshop, lunch and refreshments, and a subscription to InkWell’s monthly newsletter on writing.

Registration deadline April 12, 2020.

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