Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Finding the Time

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The semester is a busy time and we struggle to fit our own writing into our daily routines. One answer is to use those nooks and crannies of the academic year—fall break, early January, spring break, commencement week—for writing stages that need dedicated time. Join your colleagues for intensive daylong writing sessions with breaks for food, community, and perhaps a bit of healthy griping. Come with an achievable goal and good attitude. Open to all Loyola faculty. Sign up in advance with the Office of Academic Affairs so that we can make arrangements and so that you make a commitment to yourself.

The Finding the Time initiative seeks to provide faculty with the external structure, space, and encouragement that makes writing possible. Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Loyola/Notre Dame Library.

All retreats are at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library, 9 am – 4pm.

  • Oct 17-18: Mid-semester Writing Retreat
  • Jan 8-10: Winter Writing Retreat 
  • March 2-5: Spring Break Writing Retreat 
  • May 11-14: May Writing Retreat


What the day will look like:
  • 9-9:30 a.m.: Group meets for light breakfast and goal sharing.
    Make sure your goals are achievable.
  • 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Individuals work in their dedicated space: carrel or study room.
    Coffee and snacks provided—let us know your favorites!
  • 12–1 p.m.: Group reconvenes for lunch, goal check-in, and fellowship.
    No self-denigration allowed! Griping about writing permitted.
  • 1–3:30 p.m.: Return to individual work space.
    Coffee and snacks available.
  • 3:30–4 p.m.: Tea time! Group reconvenes to report progress over tea.
    Celebrate successes, even small ones. Especially the small ones!