WriteOut! Writing Retreats

WriteOut! is a week-long writing retreat for UIC doctoral students or UIC faculty from all disciplines who study race and/or ethnicity. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering virtual and hybrid retreats. The retreats will feature accountability meetings, support from a writing coach, and workshops to further your writing practice. The workshop is free to those who complete the retreat.

Each year we offer two WriteOut! retreats in the spring/summer for both faculty and graduate students.

2021 WriteOut! Dates

Faculty WriteOut!
May 17-21, 2021
July 12-16, 2021

Graduate Student WriteOut!
May 24-28, 2021
August 2-6, 2021

The virtual WriteOut! retreats will be held on Zoom with multiple breakout rooms. We want to create a space to simulate an in-person retreat as much as possible. The hybrid WriteOut! retreats will be held on Zoom and at our office, whose spaces are perfect for every writing style. Our conference room and offices offer a quiet space to write while our open lounge offers both single desks and large table with lots of natural light. We will have COVID-19 protocols for participants to follow.

For the hybrid and in-person retreats, participants should bring their laptops, lunches on days we aren’t providing one, and any materials needed in order to write. During the in-person and hybrid retreats, we provide:

  • A light and energizing breakfast each day
  • A lunch 1-2 times a week
  • UIC wireless internet access
  • Printing and copying privileges
  • Various workshops to help the writing and publication process

Moreover, we are working on ways to maintain the momentum from WriteOut! through continued virtual and hybrid Write-On-Site sessions for faculty and students who wish to continue coming together to write in a supportive environment.

Learn More and Apply to Attend