IJAD 2024 Online Writing Retreat
MAY 27 - 30, 2024
The IJAD Writing Retreat will be hosted online by the International Journal for Academic Development,
27-30 May 2024 – before the ICED Conference in Nairobi.
ABOUT THE RETREAT
Participants will work on their own writing and provide as well as receive feedback from a small group of peers and a member of the IJAD editorial team. Writing projects must be focused on academic/educational development in higher education, but the genre and audience for these projects are wide open; there is no expectation that participants are writing for IJAD. The retreat is open to both new and established scholars.
Before the retreat begins, each participant will complete a goal-setting worksheet and submit a short draft of the project that they will work on during the retreat. During the retreat, each participant will be part of a small writing group of 3-5 writers, facilitated by a member of the IJAD editorial team. Each writing group will meet three of the days of the retreat (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) for peer feedback and goal setting, leaving time for writing during Tuesday. The remainder of the time during these three days will be dedicated to writing.
Participants will end the retreat having spent considerable time writing, will have received focused feedback on their evolving writing project, and will have established a post-retreat writing plan. Retreat participants should be prepared to focus on their writing for the entire retreat (at least 6-8 hours a day), and participants should make meaningful progress on their writing during the retreat.
The fee for the retreat (US$50) will be used to offset costs related to the editor’s time for planning and hosting the retreat; the retreat is not designed to make a profit. For those participants who are planning to attend the conference in Nairobi (rather than online) it is possible to meet up during the conference at their own expense.
The main goal of the writing retreat is to stimulate scholarly writing about educational development. For a definition of educational development, please see IJAD aims and scope. Importantly, we hope to broaden the diversity of research into academic development. Accordingly, we plan to support four participants with small needs-based scholarships to cover the cost of the writing retreat registration. If you think you are eligible for support, please send an email to Henk Huijser (email@example.com), indicating your reason before you register for the conference. Participants from countries with newly established networks and regions with budgetary struggles in the university sector will be prioritised for the scholarships as well as to ensure regional diversity.