A week-long intensive retreat for doctoral students at UIC who study race and/or ethnicity.
The retreat offers graduate students support and structure for their writing and a focused time to concentrate solely on their writing. During this short and intense week, graduate students report that they are very productive, benefiting greatly from this concentrated time devoted to furthering their writing practice and make progress towards their degrees. WriteOut! retreats provide the next generation of race and ethnicity scholars with the skills they need to do the crucial work of challenging social inequality. During WriteOut!, we encourage participants to explore and think critically about how structural conditions affect their writing habits.
The transition from structured coursework and exams to unstructured, independent research is a difficult one for any student. For those who study marginalized topics or are themselves members of a marginalized group, this transition can be even more difficult. When they find themselves at the dissertation stage, many students feel lost, alone, and unsure how to complete their projects. WriteOut! retreats help participants to connect with other people in similar situations and build writing communities to support them in their work.
When registration opens each year, we encourage all UIC graduate students researching race and/or ethnicity and currently working on a document required for completion of the PhD (e.g., qualifying exam questions, dissertation proposals, IRB materials, dissertation funding applications, dissertation chapters, etc.) to apply. Priority is given to students whose academic status is ABD.
WriteOut! is a writing accountability workshop which means we will not be reading drafts or providing feedback as a specific component of the retreat. We will be encouraging you to write and to develop your writing practice.
IRRPP offers two Graduate Student WriteOut! retreats per year between May and August. The in-person retreats are limited to approximately 15 graduate students per session; the virtual retreats can be expanded. Each year, registration for WriteOut! takes place in March/April. Please subscribe to our listserv and check our website to learn when application open.
In 2022, the WriteOut! retreats will be from 9am – 3pm, Monday through Friday. 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 graduate students 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 folks in their writing practices as best we can.
Registration for 2022 Graduate Student WriteOut! retreats will open in March/April 2022
The application process opens in the spring, and the application is relatively short. We ask that you provide a paragraph abstract about your research that explicitly connects to research on race and/or ethnicity and explains how race and/or ethnicity are central components to your research project. As you prepare your application, please make sure you look at IRRPP’s mission to understand and explain how your research connects to IRRPP’s mission.
Research shows that writers are more productive when they set goals, monitor their work, and check in with another person. First time WriteOut! participants will meet with a writing coach and Alumni WriteOut! participants will have the opportunity to engage in peer accountability work to provide one another with feedback and support. Through meetings with a writing coach, peers, and skills workshops you’ll leave the retreat with a better grasp of your strengths and learning edges as a writer and a set of strategies to help you move past writing barriers.