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Please join us January 4-5, 2022, for our first annual Writer's Retreat. 

The retreat will be virtual over Zoom, and will consist of two full days of professional workshops, discussions, a writing room, and a showcase, all exploring a variety of genres and perspectives in the writing realm.

The theme for our retreat is, Imua, which, in the native Hawaiian, means "to move forward," or "move ahead." We aim to facilitate generative workshops and discussions that induce a revival of ideas that build upon what has come before, and moving our work forward with new life and perspective. Perhaps you have been considering a particular project, or have left work unfinished and would like to come back to it with a fresh approach. In light of the pandemic, and amongst such uncertainty, writing has served as solace for many of us. Please bring your hearts, minds, and voices and share in this generative community writing space. A post-retreat call for works shall be released after the retreat.


At the end of the two days there shall be a voluntary showcase where participants may share the work they created or refined over the course of the retreat. We encourage all registrants to attend! 


We invite all forms of professional and aspiring writers, academics, and students to attend the retreat. Though we are a health sciences-focused institution, we value interdisciplinarity and collaboration amongst faculty and the greater community.


Please find information on our Keynote Speaker, how to register, and an initial offering of events below. 

Keynote Speaker

We are privileged to host the renowned Rebecca Coffey. She shall speak at the retreat on 9am (PST) on January 4, so don't miss it!


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By day Rebecca Coffey is a science journalist, contributing for over 40 years to outlets including, Scientific American, and Discover magazines,, Vermont Public Radio, The New York Daily News, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, and JSTOR Daily. She has appeared on syndicated talk shows like WNYC’s The Takeaway, WAMC’s 51 Percent, Fox News’ Happening Now, The Bob Edwards Show, The Jim Bohannon Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, NPR’s Air Talk with Larry Mantle, and on major-market programs produced by NPR affiliates in New York, Boston, Hartford, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Albany, and Indianapolis. She speaks at colleges and universities and at conferences, and she was an invited speaker at the 50th Congress of the International Psychoanalytic Association in Buenos Aires...


More on Rebecca and our other session facilitators here

Register for the Retreat 

Full price registration: $50 


Reduced rate (freelance writers, adjuncts, and etc.): $30

Student rate (must be enrolled full time): $20  

For reduced-rate tickets registrants shall be asked to enter professional status during registration. Students shall be asked to provide verification of student status. The Registration Link button above will take you to the sign-up form where you will be asked to provide contact information, verification (if required), and pay the appropriate registration fee. If you have questions, or need help with any part of this process, please email us using the form below, or contact Elizabeth Ryder Baxmeyer at

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