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Together Apart Virtual Writing Retreat:

How to Make Progress This Summer and Not Lose Your Head
Sponsored by the School of Education, Office of the Provost, Faculty Affairs and the Director of Faculty Success, and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence.
Longing for a glimpse of normal and finding a routine? Looking for creative (and compassionate) paths toward getting unstuck in your writing? Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and out of balance during a global pandemic? Wishing you had a writing community to keep you connected and feel less isolated? 

This FREE virtual writing retreat across 3 sessions facilitated by Sharon Zumbrunn will help participants define their writing and wellness priorities, uncover the stumbling blocks and shenanigans in the way of progress and self-care, and learn practical strategies for a more balanced and rewarding summer.

Each session includes an interactive workshop, 90-minute writing block, and space to build a community to write together, apart. 

FREE TO ALL VCU faculty, post-docs, and doctoral students (breakout rooms according to groups).

Retreat Session 1:
Get Priorganized! Planning A Realistic Summer Schedule

Tuesday, May 26

Register by Friday, May 22!

Retreat Session 2:
Unstuck: Overcoming Obstacles to Progress

Tuesday, June 2

Register by Friday, May 29!

Retreat Session 3:
Finding Your Writing Mojo and Staying Motivated

Tuesday, June 9

Register by Friday, June 5!

Sign up for the retreat here >>

Sharon Zumbrunn is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and the co-director of the Motivation in Context Research Lab in the School of Education. As a feelings-and-learning-ologist, she spends a whole lot of time thinking about and studying writing motivation and self-regulation.

Sharon has published several research articles on writing beliefs and strategies and her book, Why Aren’t You Writing?: Research, Real-Talk, Strategies, and Shenanigans, is due out this fall. Importantly, she self-identifies as a struggling writer … depending on the day.

Testimonials from past writing retreat participants:

“I came away with a refreshed, positive feeling. I was able to accomplish a lot, and have many ideas moving forward. Others should experience this!"

“I loved the inclusiveness and the cheerful positive vibe."

“I felt empowered and competent, and a big part of that was the social support.”

“I made really great progress on a project that's been holding me back. I'm proud that I jumped back in and tackled the things I'd been avoiding even thinking about.”

“It was good to have a group that was going through similar challenges and good to refresh ideas, come up with goals and plans, and borrow brains.”

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