Pen to Paper Writing Retreat

A retreat focused on preparing scholars to publish their community engaged work.

Pen to Paper is an academic writing retreat designed to provide time, space, and resources to guide faculty, professional staff, graduate students, and community partners working on manuscripts related to service-learning and community engagement.

We at Community-Engaged Alliance are committed to supporting engaged scholars through every stage of the publishing process. During this disconnected time of the pandemic, we continue to work with our editorial partners to ensure that Pen to Paper participants, at all levels, receive a quality experience.

We will be back in person for the May Pen to Paper 2023 Retreat! Look for more information in the coming months.

Facilitators and Jounal Editors



Journal Editor (name of Journal)





Pen to Paper

Pen to Paper is a two and a half-day retreat providing participants with time to discuss ideas with and receive feedback from editors, receive mentoring from retreat facilitators, share ideas with peers, and write.

Each year attendance is intentionally kept to a minimum in order to foster personal connections between participants, editors, and senior faculty coaches. The small group also provides the space participants need to focus on engaged scholarship.

The Retreat is organized in such a way as to offer participants two tracks—the Ready to Publish track and Ready to Write track.

  • The Ready to Publish track is for those who have a complete or nearly complete manuscript. These participants will receive feedback from journal editors and learn more about the various avenues available to publish their work.
  • The Ready to Write track is for those whose research is complete or nearly complete and have a writing plan, but who have not yet begun the writing process. These participants will focus on developing their writing strategy and receive guidance as they begin the writing process.

The typical experience includes:

  • Facilitated 2.5 day Pen to Paper programming
  • Feedback from editors from the top engagement journals.
  • Complete access to the Retreat facility, which provides ample writing spaces
  • Modest hotel-style overnight accommodations
  • Meals during the Retreat

Community-Engaged Alliance encourages faculty, community engagement professionals, graduate students, and community members who are interested in further developing their community engagement practices and research methodology to attend the Colloquium on High-Impact Community Engagement Practices before attending Pen to Paper.

Pen to Paper 2.0

One of the things Pen to Paper participants have consistently asked for year after year is, “more writing time” even after the facilitated gathering is over. Well, we listened, and have developed Pen to Paper 2.0with this specifically in mind.

Open to any Pen to Paper 2019 (and before) alums, Pen to Paper 2.0 is two-and-a-half days of uninterrupted writing time in a secluded space, but in the company of other engaged scholars. Those wishing to participate in Pen to Paper 2.0 will be asked to submit a draft of a writing project they will be working on during the Retreat, prior to registration. Each participant will receive anonymous peer feedback from another participant upon arrival. Participants have the opportunity to interact as much or as little with fellow Pen to Paper 2.0 participants as they feel necessary.

This experience includes:

  • Peer feedback on your engaged writing
  • Complete access to the Retreat facility, which provides ample writing spaces.
  • Modest hotel-style overnight accommodations
  • Meals during the Retreat

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Location TBD


Registration Pricing


Registration Information

Be sure to check back this fall for more information.

If you have any questions or run into trouble during your registration process, please contact Summer Webb at 317-274-6501 or summer {at} incampuscompact(.)org.