Welcome to the Annual Scholarly Writing Retreat Conference! 

We hope you can join us

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June 4 - 8, 2018
Portland, Oregon

We are happy to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Scholarly Writing Retreat. This year's retreat will build on successes of the past. We encourage participants to arrive the day before the retreat begins. The retreat is five full days, beginning Monday morning and ending Friday afternoon. The purpose of the retreat is for participants to arrive with a project partially or fully drafted and leave with a manuscript prepared for submission. This may include everything from scholarly research articles to grant writing to finishing that last chapter of your thesis, dissertation, or book. Whatever your project, if you are interested in building a writing community with peers in your and related fields in a supportive atmosphere while improving your writing and research skills, then the Scholarly Writing Retreat is for you. 

Early Registration: $425.00 per person 

Early Registration Deadline: April 1st 

Regular Registration: $450.00 per person 

Registration Includes: Structured discussion seminars, editorial support, reading materials, basic writing materials (paper, pens, pencils, printer, etc), breakfasts and lunches. 

What You Need to Bring: Paper/Project in progress, research materials, laptop or some other word processor (we have access to a limited number of laptops for those who need them). 

Location:  Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR 97219 
Phone:  (503) 768-7188 
Directions: Here are directions from the Portland International Airport. If you are not flying to Portland I would recommend Google Maps.

Accommodation Suggestions: University Place Hotel in downtown Portland typically has the best prices (approximately 1/3 less than other downtown hotels). Other Hotels : Pioneer Square is a popular downtown Portland location, close to Powell's Books, and offers several hotel options such as the Vintage Plaza or the Mark Spencer or the Hotel Monaco that would provide excellent accommodations. You can also search for hotels near Pioneer Square on expedia. In addition, Lewis and Clark College has special rates with many hotels near pioneer square. Just click here to get a list of hotels. When you contact the hotel simply ask for the Lewis and Clark College rate. If you are interested in sharing a room with another attendee to save on hotel costs please let us know and we will try to accommodate.

Transportation: It is the participant's responsibility to arrange transportation. Lewis & Clark College is approximately 6 miles from downtown Portland, but there is no public transportation between downtown and Lewis & Clark during the summer months. Carpooling has been arranged in the past. Please contact us if you are interested in carpooling.

For more information contact:

G. Mitchell Reyes, Ph.D.
RHMS Department, MSC 35
Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd
Portland, Or 97219


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8:00-9:00: Session 1 – Writing Productively; Goal Setting   

9:00-12:00: Concentrated Writing Time

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-4:00: Concentrated Writing Time

4:00-5:00: Session 2 – Writing Habits; Accountability; Specific Goal Setting 

        DAY 2                                              
8:00-9:00: Session 1 – Critiquing Skills; Editing Skills; Publishing Basics

9:00-12:00: Concentrated Writing Time

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-4:00: Concentrated Writing Time

4:00-5:00: Session 2 - Grammar & Style Bad Habits; Journal Selection

        DAY 3                                              
8:00-9:00: Session 1 – Free Writing; Publishing Problems and Solutions

9:00-12:00: Concentrated Writing Time

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-4:00: Concentrated Writing Time

4:00-5:00: Session 2 – R & R

        DAY 4                                              
8:00-9:00: Session 1 – Introductions

9:00-12:00: Concentrated Writing Time

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-4:00: Concentrated Writing Time

4:00-5:00: Session 2 –  Writing Critical Analysis; Revision Techniques

        DAY 5                                             
8:00-9:00: Session 1 - Conclusions; Creating a Voice; Writing Samples;

9:00-12:00: Concentrated Writing Time

12:00-1:00: Lunch Break

1:00-4:00: Concentrated Writing Time

4:00-5:00: Session 2 – Paper Submission; Cover Letters; Professionalism

Sample of Recently Published Retreat Projects:

Katie L. Gibson, Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Legacy of Dissent: Feminist Rhetoric and the Law (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2018).

Erin Rand, Reclaiming Queer: Activist and Academic Rhetorics of Resistance (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2014).

Eric Tymoigne (2014), “The Cost of Job Guarantee: Insights from the 1930s Work Programs,” Review of Radical Political Economy, 46 (4): 517-535.

Justin S. Vaughn and Jennifer R. Mercieca, The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2014).

Goldsmith, D. J. and Domann-Scholz, K. (2013), "The Meanings of 'Open Communication' Among Couples Coping With a Cardiac Event," Journal of Communication, 63: 266–286.

Sarah Warren, “A Nation Divided: Building the Cross-Border Mapuche Nation in Chile and Argentina,” Journal of Latin American Studies (2013).

Ann Marie Rasmussen, Jutta Eming, and Kathryn Starkey, Visuality and Materiality in the Story of Tristan and Isolde (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012).

Therese Augst, Tragic Effects: Ethics and Tragedy in the Age of Translation (Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2012).

Amy Lonetree, Decolonizing Museums: Representing Native America in National and Tribal Museums(Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012).


Comments from Past Participants:

"I think that for me, the most important lesson was that writing can be such a pleasure! The simple yet productive daily format, your thoughtful, provocative, and elegantly structured lessons, the 'campfire' discussions, and the tremendous give and take of my writing partnerships opened up space for creative flow. It was really fun, Mitch! And to experience that was tremendous."

--Ann Marie Rasmussen, PhD, Duke University

"The writing retreat was a wonderful experience! The opportunity to come together with other committed scholarly writers for a week on the Lewis and Clark campus helped jump-start my writing projects. During my week in residence, I completed a research proposal for fellowship applications due in fall, and I am pleased to report that I was successful in securing a yearlong fellowship! I credit the supportive and stimulating environment at the retreat with helping me tackle the writing anxiety that I was experiencing at the time and enabling me to finish an important research proposal. Mitch does a great job organizing the workshops and making everyone feel welcome. I recommend this retreat highly!"

--Amy Lonetree, PhD, UCSC

"Just wanted to share some good news. The paper I was working on at the writing retreat last summer just got accepted. Having the space to write at the retreat and interact was a big part of the final stages of the paper... especially working with Deborah. Thanks again for putting the whole thing together last summer!"

--Peter Chow-White, PhD, Simon Fraser University

"As you know, I think so highly of the conference: your wizidry in putting it all together and, in general, the importance of making time to really meditate on the materials and the writing. It's genius, and I couldn't be happier with my progress."

--Angela Marino Segura, PhD, Berkeley

“I cannot tell you how much sharper my writing has become as a result of that one week. Amazing.”

--Natasha Gaffoglio, CSULB