VITAE Graduate Writers’ Retreat 2019

Are you working on a paper, thesis or Dissertation?

Come Write With Us! Our Annual Vitae Graduate Writing Retreat is scheduled for May 22, 2019.

Vitae Graduate Writers’ Retreat 2019

Date: WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019

Location:  Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts

Are you a graduate student looking for the space and time to ‘talk’ writing and ‘do’ writing? Please join us! The program will include discussions on writing practice, the joys of writing, strategies for overcoming challenges, one-on-one writing consults, resource sharing and 3 to 5 hours of dedicated writing time.   

Graduate Student Testimonials

‘I really enjoyed the lack of distractions, it kept me focused and on task.’

‘I got a lot of work done that day and would recommend it to many. Not only was the workshop beneficial for the time that I was there, but the resources provided on the USB extended the writing support of the retreat to far beyond a single day. Thank you.’

‘Face to face with facilitator got me excited and motivated! Day well spent.’

‘Thank you very much for arranging this day for graduate students! Grad studies can certainly be a lonely pursuit. It is nice to be reminded that there are other people working through the struggles too. Thank you as well for providing lunch and for offering the retreat in a beautiful outdoor setting.’

What were your most valuable take-aways from the day?

‘I don’t have to be alone in my writing. Take advantage of the resources available through Brock.’

‘Plans are worthless; Planning is invaluable. Community is important. Always ask somebody else to proofread your work.’

‘1.Writing takes courage 2. Make sure you are receiving high quality feedback 3. Academic writing doesn’t have to be impossible.’


The retreat is located in downtown St. Catharines at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Beautiful art galleries and creative spaces will be the backdrop for a day of productive writing.


Registration fee covered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Lunch and snacks are provided. 

Co-hosted by: Faculty of Graduate Studies, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, A-Z Learning, Brock Library and the Faculty of Education.

Vitae Writers' Retreat Agenda

  • About the Retreat

    The theme of the retreat is 'Art-making and creative expression for inspired academic writing'. The day will provide self-determined writing cycles, writing consults with options to participate in a number of expressive and art-making mini workshops. The retreat is open to both graduate students and their supervisors.
  • Graduate Community Welcomed

    Writing is a social practice and writing flourishes when supported by other graduate writers. Graduate students, faculty and staff are invited to attend this retreat. However, because of the financial structure of our program funding, faculty and staff will be required to cover their lunch costs upon registration.
  • Three Writing Streams

    We have created three writing streams so you can plan a day of writing that is most suitable to your own writing needs. These streams are: 1. The Creative Stream 2. Pom-Paint Stream and 3. The Writing-only Stream.
  • 1. The Creative Stream

    This stream includes the option to participate in a scheduled writing, using the Pomodoro method (we will tell you more about this when you arrive) interspersed with 3 creative mini-workshops (improv, vocal, zine making, button making).
  • 2. The Pom-Paint Stream (NOW FULL)

    This stream entails timed writing integrated with three unstructured free-painting breaks. Due to space limitations, this session is only available for 16 participants.
  • 3. Writing-only Stream

    This stream is for writers who are looking for a quiet space in a creative location and just want to throw some words down! 🙂
  • Your Writing Stream Preference
    To get a sense of your needs and preferences for the day, and to help us schedule art facilitators and supplies, please indicate which stream that you may be most interested in. If you happen to change you mind on the day of the retreat, we will still be happy to accommodate you.
  • Registration

  • For faculty and staff ONLY.
  • Stage of Completion
  • Enrolled in full-time or part-time studies? * Required
  • What writing supports or services have you accessed in the past?
    We would like to understand the types of writing supports and services that graduate students use.
  • Please describe your graduate writing stage (i.e.. introduction, literature review, first pass, etc.).
  • Please indicate any specific dietary considerations or requirements * Required
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