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Writing Retreat

Sisters of the Academy Institute (SOTA) conducts a biennial Writing Retreat. With host partnership institutions, we have held the Writing Retreat at Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee System Knoxville. Through the Writing Retreat SOTA seeks to build a scholarly writing community by assisting participants with their writing endeavors —including dissertations, manuscripts, reports, or book chapters. 


The Writing Retreat features Writing Circles of 3-5 participants based on research topics. Within these group writing circles, participants will be assigned a writing coach or a facilitator.  Writing Coaches will provide participants with accountability for their specific writing goals. Writing Facilitators, experts in research, writing, and/or publication, will provide individual ongoing advice and feedback to writing circle participants prior to and during the Writing Retreat. The writing circles and their facilitators will meet for three days of writing and professional development.

Workshop topics Include:  

Doctoral Students

  • Approaching the Dissertation Proposal
  • Finishing the Dissertation
  • Developing Research Questions & a Review of Literature
  • Designing Your Research 
  • Developing a Conceptual Framework


Junior Scholars

  • Strategic Planning for the Academic
  • Designing a Research Agenda
  • Developing the Tenure Binder
  • Dissertation to Manuscript
  • Publishing Your Research


Research, Teaching, Writing

  • Writing Your Research Results
  • Developing a Daily Writing Practice
  • Using Technology for Research & Teaching
  • One-on-One Writing Consultation

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