Workshops And Retreats


Upcoming Workshops and Writing Retreats 

Past Workshops and Writing Retreats 

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Upcoming Workshops and Writing Retreats 



40th Annual ECWCA Conference

Friday, March 23, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018


Occupational Hazards: Writing Center Labor, Self-Care and Reflection

Featuring Dr. Dana Driscoll (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) as Keynote Speaker
The 40th Annual East Central Writing Centers Association Conference will be hosted by The Ohio State University from March 23 through March 25.
This year’s conference theme, “Occupational Hazards: Writing Center Labor, Self-Care and Reflection,” focuses on a wide range of topics including wellness in the writing center, writing center as labor site, writing center best practices, writing center history (local, regional, national, international), training and professional development, as well as assessment and the changing face of writing center scholarship. ECWCA will feature two keynotes and an additional day of presentations that will run through the afternoon of Sunday, March 25. 
All rooms are smart classrooms. We will do our best to accommodate all audio-visual requests.

Past Workshops and Writing Retreats 



Writing, Teaching, & Research: Graduate Student Refesher Workshop Series

August 30th, September 6th, September 13th, 2017 

4:00 - 6:00, each day, Research Commons at 18th Ave. Library 

The Graduate Student Workshop Series is designed to connect graduate students across disciplines to the support services and expertise available in the University Libraries, the Writing Center, and the University Institute for Teaching and Learning. Whether you are coming to The Ohio State University from an undergraduate program, from a smaller institution, from an extended break in your academic career, we can guide you through the most helpful resources on campus as you begin your research and prepare to teach at OSU. In addition, the series is an opportunity to meet other graduate students outside of your department. Returning graduate students are also welcome.

Register for one, two, or all three workshops. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wed. Aug 30, 4:00 - 6:00 

University Libraries

Librarians will share how they can help you through the research process and provide an overview of customized library services available to graduate students, from resource requests to data management consultations.

Wed. Sept. 6, 4:00 - 6:00

The Writing Center

Writing Center staff will provide an overview of its various and robust services, as well as engage audience members in a writing inventory exercise. Participants are welcome to come with specific support or service questions, as well as writing needs.

Wed. Sept. 13, 4:00 - 6:00

University Institute for Teaching and Learning

Staff from the Institute and its partnering offices on campus will lead focused conversations on topics related to enhancing your teaching, including strategies for livening class discussion, creating assignments and designing assessments to meet course learning objectives, and documenting your teaching. 


Collaborative @OSU Writing Retreat, Facilitated by the OSU Writing Center

The Writing Center and Collaborative @OSU will host a free on-campus writing retreat in the 18th Avenue Library Research Commons. The retreat will be facilitated by the Writing Center and has been designed to support the work and personal wellness of all Ohio State scholars whose research is focused on advancing knowledge on the lives of women and girls of color.

The Collaborative @OSU is committed to building a vibrant research and learning community and fostering its productivity. Therefore, at the inaugural summer writing retreat, a safe and supportive space will be provided for scholars to complete work, network and relax. Light pastries, coffee and teas will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be provided in the afternoon. Participants will also be provided with a variety of writing and wellness resources to help alleviate some of the common stressors associated with the writing process. More specifically, participants will have access to:

  • Quiet, uninterrupted time to focus and write in a calm, nurturing and encouraging environment
  • Writing center consultants available for one-on-one consultations
  • Goal setting exercises and guidance
  • Writing wellness tips and exercises to address perfectionist tendencies
  • Opportunities to share work with others

Eligibility: All OSU scholars—faculty, post-docs, graduate students—working on research related to advancing the lives of women and girls of color.

RSVP: Participants must RSVP by Monday, July 3. Space is limited.

Contact: Have questions? Email Wendy Smooth (

Faculty Writing Retreat

May 17 - 19, 2017 

10:00 - 4:00 each day, Research Commons at 18th Ave. Library

Graduate and Postdoc Writing Retreat--Write It Up

May 4 - 5, 2017 

9:30 - 2:30 each day, Research Commons at 18th Ave. Library

Writing for Publication Workshop, OUAB Professional Development

March 21st, 2017 12:00 - 1:00

The Writing Center’s Writing for Publication Workshop is intended for graduate students and early career faculty who are interested in learning about the basics of preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication. This workshop will cover topics such as how to choose the appropriate publication, how to prepare a manuscript, how to present a manuscript to potential publishers, and how to deal with rejection of a manuscript. 

Postdoctoral Academic Job Documents Writing Workshops
Research Commons, 18th Ave. 350 A/B Brainstorming Rooms

October 28, 2016 4:00 – 5:00 Postdoctoral Writing Workshop—Diversity Statements
This workshop will support you as you undertake writing diversity and other specialized statements for academic jobs. Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to attend to receive hands-on feedback, on their writing, in a peer-supported environment. The workshop will discuss modeling and outlining and revising techniques.

November 4, 2016 4:00 – 5:00 Postdoctoral Writing Workshop—Academic Cover Letters
This workshop will lead you through the academic cover letter, including the teaching and research sections as well as tethering qualifications to job description and academic institution. This workshop will offer support under the guidance of a trained Writing Center consultant, as well as the Director of the Writing Center. Workshop attendees will discuss the nuances of applying to different academic positions, as well as ways to highlight and communicate one’s qualifications elegantly and effectively.

November 18, 2016 4:00 – 5:00 Postdoctoral Writing Workshop—Sit down and write!
In the third and final workshop, come to the 18th Ave. Research Commons to work on your personal postdoctoral writing goals. In this workshop, we offer a similar service to our weekly sit down and write writing group. Writers get a chance to write in a quiet and supportive space alongside colleagues and a trained Writing Center consultant. Use this workshop to get the ball rolling on long-term writing goals, as a way to finish-up a nagging goal, or as a mid-way check-in while in a supportive environment.