Humanities Corridor Annual Fall Writing Retreat

Announcing a new Director-led Corridor Initiative: Annual Fall Writing Retreat, October 13-15, 2023

Connect with scholars from across the Corridor, learn how to make your writing more sustainable and fulfilling, and make meaningful progress on your project. As part of this cohort, you will have the opportunity to examine your writing process, identify patterns that disrupt it, and gain strategies to make the most of any writing session. We will focus on topics such as: identifying and addressing writing obstacles (including external and internal barriers that can negatively impact writing); practicing sustainable writing habits; assessing what’s possible and setting realistic goals; reciprocity and cultivating readers for your work. Ample time will be dedicated to writing, with opening/closing sessions for the cohort, optional consultations/workshops, and time to enjoy the Adirondack setting. By the end of the retreat, each participant will make measurable progress on their writing; understand barriers that can impede research momentum; implement at least one strategy for addressing such barriers; and be able to integrate that strategy into their writing practice.

The 2023 retreat will take place October 13-15, 2022 at Syracuse University's Minnowbrook Conference Center in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. The award includes 2 nights' lodging, meals, and tuition (attendance for the retreat duration is required.

Sample Schedule (subject to change; workshops/consultations may be remote-format sessions):

  • Friday: Check-in; Lunch; Welcome Session/Cohort-wide Opening Workshop; Writing Blocks/Optional workshop/consultations; Reception/Dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast; Writing Blocks/Optional workshop/consultations; Lunch; Writing Blocks/Optional workshop/consultations; Reception/Dinner
  • Sunday: Breakfast; Cohort-wide Wrap-up Session; Writing Block; Lunch; Departures


Eligible to apply are tenure-line faculty (untenured faculty, mid-career faculty, and full professors) in the humanities and related interdisciplines from Corridor institutions

Especially encouraged to apply are faculty who currently or historically have been in service-heavy administrative roles; BIPOC faculty; LGBTQ+ faculty, women faculty, and/or first-generation faculty (i.e., first in your family to attend college).

Applicants should be interested in participating in a supportive, professional, cross-disciplinary scholarly community; exploring new tools and writing strategies; tackling writing obstacles and identifying research momentum strategies; and advancing a piece of writing. 

Application Instructions

Apply online here by January 31, 2023.

You will be asked the following:

  • Provide basic biodata and descripiton of your admin/service duties
  • Upload a .pdf of your CV
  • Describe the piece of writing you plan to work on at the retreat. (250-300 words)
  • Describe why this retreat would be especially beneficial at this stage of your project. (250-300 words)
  • Is there a particular topic or challenge you would like to see addressed at this or future writing retreats? (250-300 words)

Awardees will be notified in March 2023.