College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

The CEHD Writer’s Retreat is a daylong event organized to provide group accountability among peers who are determined to accomplish their academic writing goals.

The retreat is open to CEHD graduate students only. Students are required to register in advance to attend. The retreat is typically hosted on a Saturday on the Fairfax campus. Attendees are encouraged to bring their computers or notepads, books or other source materials, earbuds and music playlists, and an attitude to be productive. Snacks and beverages will be available throughout the day.

The CEHD Writer’s Retreat is coordinated by the CEHD Office of Student and Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Brianna Alford, Student Enrichment Coordinator, at

Fall 2019 CEHD Writer’s Retreat
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Merten Hall 1204
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration is now open!

Retreat Expectations

Students who confirm their participation must commit to the following expectations:

  1. Limited cell phone usage
  2. Turn off social media and other distractions
  3. Contribute to a positive and supportive community among fellow students
  4. Be timely and commit to the whole time period

Warm-Up Activities

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in warm-up activities - in which they will establish their writing goals and discuss their barriers to being highly productive academic writers.

Writing Consultants

Writing consultants are typically on hand at the CEHD Writer’s Retreat. The consultants are available to assist attendees with questions they may have about their writing projects. Attendees are able to sign up for two 15 minute one-on-one sessions on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign-up is available during on-site registration.