Ready, Set, Flow: How to Make the Most of Your Writing Time This Fall

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The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies & the Office of the Vice President for Research present Ready, Set, Flow: How to Make the Most of Your Writing Time This Fall, a daylong online writing retreat for faculty, academic staff, and graduate students across the UI, led by Michelle Boyd, PhD, of InkWell Academic Writing Retreats.

This full-day online writing retreat offers an opportunity to set up your fall writing plans. You'll learn how to quickly clarify what needs to be done, what to do first, and how much to do. With the Ready, Set, Flow Writing Retreat, you'll understand why it’s so hard to figure out where to start, learn a proven strategy for jump-starting every writing session, quiet your doubts so you can write with focus, and experience the boost in motivation that comes from writing with others. By the end of the retreat, you’ll feel ready for the fall semester—and you’ll have a powerful tool you can use to boost your productivity every time you sit down to write.

Eligibility: This workshop is for faculty and graduate students engaged in academic writing projects. Registration is required.

About Your Facilitator: 

Ready, Set, Flow is facilitated by Michelle Boyd, PhD, Founder and Director of InkWell Academic Writing Retreats. Michelle is an award-winning writer, scholar, and former tenured associate professor from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has been leading retreats since 2012, when she co-founded and coached her first retreat at UIC. Three years later, she left faculty life to create InkWell, where she helps scholars who dread writing develop a sustainable, satisfying, productive writing practice.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at