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Annual Fall Writing Retreat

Annual Fall Writing Retreat

October 18-20, 2024: Minnowbrook Conference Center (Blue Mountain Lake, NY)

Award: 2 nights’ lodging, meals, tuition (attendance for the retreat duration is required)

The application period is now closed. Applications were due Jan. 17, 2024

Sample: Preview this year's application questions (PDF)

Connect with scholars from across the Corridor, learn how to make your writing more sustainable and fulfilling, and make meaningful progress on your project. Awardees in the cohort will have additional time to network, consult, and enjoy the Adirondack setting. While the writers attend in person, facilitators’ workshops and consultations are led online: this hybrid format allows us to maximize the number of faculty we can support with annual initiative.

Proposals will be reviewed in early spring. Award notifications will be issued in February.

Who is eligible? Faculty (including lecturers and postdocs) in the Humanities and related interdisciplines from Corridor institutions.

Who is not eligible? At this time, academic staff are ineligible to apply. We continue to explore possibilities for the future and are happy to answer any questions about the Corridor’s many other opportunities. In addition, prior Minnowbrook attendees (retreat alumni*) are ineligible to reapply.

Especially encouraged to apply are:

  • faculty who currently or historically have been in service-heavy administrative roles
  • BIPOC faculty, LGBTQ+ faculty, women faculty, and/or first-generation faculty (i.e., those whose parents did not attend a 4-year college/university).

Applicants should be interested in … participating in a supportive, professional, cross-disciplinary scholarly community; exploring new tools and writing strategies; tackling writing obstacles and identifying research momentum strategies; and advancing a piece of writing. The application will ask for details about your writing project and goals and a copy of your c.v.

By the end of the retreat, each participant will … make measurable progress on their writing; understand barriers that can impede research momentum; implement at least one strategy for addressing such barriers; and be able to integrate that strategy into their writing practice.

Applications will be evaluated holistically. Criteria include: intended work plan/focus for the retreat; track record of submission and publication (or creative output); service contributions and workloads; and barriers to tenure/promotion or securing tenure-track positions. Applicants should clearly delineate how their work engages with and contributes to the humanities, broadly conceived.

Typical Schedule (subject to change):

  • Friday: Check-in; Lunch; Welcome Session/Cohort-wide Opening Workshop; Writing Blocks/Optional workshop/consultations; Reception/Dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast; Writing Blocks/Optional workshops/consultations; Lunch; Writing Blocks/Optional workshop/consultations; Reception/Dinner
  • Sunday: Breakfast; Cohort-wide Wrap-up Session; Writing Block; Lunch; Departures
  • Awardees are expected to commit to the entire Fri.-Sun. stay, to fully benefit from the experience.

*"Retreat alumni" does not include Directors, staff, or their guests.

Read about the Fall 2023 writing retreat cohort's experience.

The application period is now closed. Applications were due Jan. 17, 2024