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A week-long writing intensive retreat for UIC faculty.

WriteOut! is intended for IRRPP faculty fellows but is open to all faculty from UIC who study race and/or ethnicity. The retreat offers faculty support and structure for their writing and a focused time to concentrate solely on their writing practice. During this short but intense week, faculty report that they are very productive, benefiting greatly from this concentrated time devoted to furthering their writing practice. WriteOut! retreats increase faculty capacity, build intellectual density, and grow an intellectual community on campus by providing scholars with time and skills they need to do the crucial work of challenging social inequality.

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May 9-13, 2022 is full.

Apply for July 11-15, 2022 –>July 2022 WO!

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The Retreat

Each WriteOut! retreat is runs Monday through Friday, typically from 9am to 3pm/4pm. No distractions. If you have a hard time finding time to write, this retreat will give you the chance to focus on your project for an extended period of time with the support of your fellow faculty in a structured environment.

We plan to provide flexibility as we also provide a space for accountability. We understand that people are doing even more care work at home and would like to be able to support paricipants in their writing practices as best we can.

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IRRPP offers two faculty WriteOut! retreats between May and August each year. In-person retreats are limited to approximately 15 faculty per session; virtual retreats have more space.

Registration for the retreats take place in March/April each year. We inform faculty when registration is open through multiple listservs and on our website. To receive information about WriteOut! please sign up for the IRRPP listserv.

Registration is open first to IRRPP faculty fellows and then applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Writing Support

Research shows that writers are more productive when they set goals, monitor their work, and check in with another person. Through meetings with a writing coach and skills workshops, you’ll leave the retreat with a better grasp of your strengths and weaknesses as a writer and a set of strategies to help you move past writing barriers.