Big Ten STEM Writing Retreat

UNL City Campus


 Writers in the arts and humanities have long recognized the importance of using retreats to foster consistent writing and greater confidence. Previous work by project faculty has shown that both junior and senior faculty in the sciences also benefit from such events; yet no such multi-disciplinary, multi-institution, and multi-rank event exists. The planned retreat will provide professional writing coaching, peer feedback, blocks of unstructured writing time to improve writing success and group meals and accommodations to facilitate social connections among faculty.

The Big Ten STEM Writing Retreat is for pre faculty, postdocs, and full faculty.   is modeled after the highly successful GAIN Writing Retreats for Geoscientists, watch their video, Inspired Miracle.


June 17 - 22, 2012

Six Days (two travel days), Five Nights

Faculty will arrive on Sunday night. There will be refreshments and participants will introduce themselves and their goals for the retreat. Monday will consist of unstructured writing time. Structured mealtimes will be a place to informally network.

Tuesday morning, Carolyn Johnsen, will meet with the group and discuss skills and techniques on writing effectively in the sciences. This will be followed by scheduled small group meetings for personalized feedback. Participants will be encouraged to send a copy of their projects to the writing coach ahead of time for more in-depth review and feedback.

Wednesday and Thursday will offer more unstructured writing time, with a presentation on Thursday afternoon on STEM women in academia by Patricia Wonch Hill and Mary Anne Holmes.

About Lincoln



  • Blocks of unstructured writing time to improve writing success
  • Professional writing coaching (Carolyn Johnsen:
  • Peer feedback
  • Group meals and accommodations to facilitate social networking
  • Full Accommodations for parents/families, including day time child care.
  • Opportunity to write with a collaborator face-to-face


   Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska, there is food, shopping, and entertainment within walking distance of campus.  Participants will stay on Campus at the state of the art Esther L. Kauffman Academic Residential Center. The residence center was opened in the spring of 2001. Featuring 82,500 sq. ft. of classrooms, living areas, and social areas, the Kauffman center is unlike any other facility at UNL. Participants will also have access to free WIFI and the state-of-the-art UNL library.

Kauffman Facility Pictures

Floor Plans


 Funded by the Elsievier Foundation New Scholars Award


Contact Information

Jill Hochstein
21 Canfield
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0620
FAX: 402.472.6276

Application Materials

Registration in now closed.  If you have submitted your application, we will be in touch with you on travel arrangements. 

Child Accommodations

Writing retreat participants will be welcome to bring their school-age children to the writing retreat to attend a week-long STEM-related summer day camp, including lunch, provided by the Lincoln Children’s Museum. The Lincoln Children's Museum offers three floors and 23,300 square feet of hands-on exhibits and imaginative programs. Watch a video at the Children's museum.

Children too young to attend camp will also be welcome and child care will be accommodated on an individual basis depending on age and needs of the participant. Participants with young children who do not accompany their parents(s) will be eligible for a stipend to help cover the costs of caregiving while parents are attending the retreat.



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