Grad Writing Retreats

The Writing Hub conducts multiple graduate writing retreats throughout the year. These 20-hour retreats give UCSD graduate students the tools, time, and space to make progress on a writing project. Through a combination of workshops, support, and dedicated writing time, graduate writing retreats help expand graduate students' capacities as budding professional academic writers.

What to Expect

Each graduate writing retreat takes place over five days, four hours a day. Each session begins with a short mini-workshop that explores writing-related topics, such as overcoming writer's block, building sustainable writing habits, and experimenting with new writing strategies. These short presentations help orient participants to positive writing practices and create a supportive community of graduate student writers. 

The majority of each session will be devoted to focused, independent writing time where participants can work on their own writing projects. During this time, participants will have a dedicated space to make progress on a writing project, while in the company and solidarity of other graduate writers.

Participants will also enjoy light snacks and coffee each day.

Registration Process

  • Retreats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and limited to around 16 participants.
  • You can reserve your spot by filling out an online form, which can be found on our 'Events' page. However, your spot is not confirmed until you drop off a $50 deposit at the Writing Hub (located on the first floor of Geisel Library) during business hours. 
  • Once your deposit has been received, your spot is guaranteed.
  • You will receive an email a few days prior to the start of the retreat as a courtesy reminder. 

Why a $50 deposit?

We collect a deposit before the retreat to encourage participants to complete the program. This is our way of holding you accountable. The deposit is returned at the closing workshop to those who attend at least 90% of the retreat (18 out of 20 hours).

Upcoming Retreats

Questions? Email