Writing. We all need to do it, yet we often find it difficult to make time for this important part of our academic work. We struggle to meet our goals (or to even set them in the first place) and can wind up feeling some combination of stressed, isolated, anxious, and demotivated. Academic structured writing retreats (SWR) help address some of these barriers to achieving writing goals through a community of practice approach. By providing dedicated space that prioritizes writing, creating a co-operative (yet non-surveillance) environment, and pushing you to think through strategic and specific goals for your writing, SWR foster productivity for writers at all stages of a writing project. The structure of the retreat also makes space for breaks, snacks, meals, and even a bit of moving/exercise, which make writing more sustainable and less detrimental to our physical health and wellness.
Sarah Kathleen Johnson is a PhD Candidate at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a Visiting Fellow at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, her academic home while conducting ethnographic research in Toronto.
Please join us for an evening of jazz featuring the Tom Reynolds Trio, Ethopian cuisine, and good company in support of the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre at Hirut Cafe on Friday, March 6th 2020 at 7pm. Admission by donation.