Graduate Writing Retreats
The UWC offers free, full-day retreats where graduate writers can focus on quiet, sustained writing together.
Retreats take place in the University Writing Center (2.330) on the first floor of the PCL. During this time, you will be provided with resources to support you in your writing goals, including access to computers and optional meetings with graduate writing consultants. We encourage you to turn off cellphones, disable any distracting technology and schedule the day in order to allow the most time to work on your writing.
Click on the dates below to sign up for our upcoming retreats!
How to Prepare
If you are new to the UWC, please take 2-3 minutes to complete this brief survey, which asks about your confidence with academic writing.
Take time to consider your goals for the day. How can you make the best possible use of this time for yourself? For example, do you hope to finish a project for an upcoming deadline, re-open an old paper you’ve been putting off, or take time to free-write about a new idea? Participants in past retreats report that they feel most productive when they begin by setting a specific intention.
What to Bring
Bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks. The UWC will provide regular coffee, and you’re welcome to brew your own decaf coffee in our Keurig maker or use our hot water kettles to make your own tea. All retreat participants are welcome to use our break room and kitchenette, which includes a refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig coffee maker. Lunch options are available in Jester Hall, right across Speedway Ave. from the PCL.
Bring your UT student ID card! We will have card-swipe stations set up to check-in attendees. In case you misplaced or forgot your UT student ID card, we will also have sign-in sheets available. This step is important because it documents our attendance numbers, thereby helping the UWC to secure continued funding and support for graduate writers.
Bring writing materials! If you’re using a laptop, consider charging it before the retreat or bringing an extension cord so that you’ll have more options for seating (not all of our tables have outlets). You’re also welcome to use one of the UWC’s desktop computers.
Bring a sweater (it’s chilly in here!), headphones, and anything that will help you get comfortably settled in for a full day’s work. The PCL has a limited supply of headphones available for checkout at their front desk.