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Writing Retreats are moving to a virtual format. We want to support our community of writers in staying connected, staying healthy, and continuing our work of knowledge production and dissemination.

Current dates are listed in the Taylor online events calendar, as seen on this page.

Please contact Anna Monhartova at to get on the writing retreat list or subscribe to the Taylor newsletter for updates.

Our structured, silent Writing Retreats help all writers write more and connect with other writers. We sponsor one day social innovation themed writing retreats in the New Orleans area.

Faculty, scholars, staff, graduate students, community organizations, and practitioners are invited to attend.

Enjoy a supportive setting built around the “pomodoro method” with 6-8 blocks of silent individual writing, plus breaks, during the day.

What do participants write about?

Scholars with diverse academic backgrounds have worked on their academic articles and conference presentations with social innovation and changemaking themes, including social theories guiding understanding of social innovation for ISIRC, critical perspectives on service learning for changemaker education, sports-based youth development through social enterprise, and lessons learned and best practices in contemporary design education.

Graduate students have worked on thesis, proposals, and dissertations in their fields spanning from global health systems, women’s reproductive health, to art history, NGOs in Latin America, among many others.

Host Your Own Retreat

To learn how to host your own low-cost silent writing retreat, read our guide: How to Host a Writing Retreat (pdf)

Latest Past Events

Day One: ISIRC 2021 Abstract-Writing Challenge!

Virtual Event

Day one of a virtual mini-retreat to create your 400 word research-related abstract submission for the 2021 International Social Innovation Research Conference (ISIRC).


November Writing Support Group

Virtual Event

This month the Research and Scholarship Team is piloting a new writing challenge structure: a November writing support group.

This semester is coming to a close and to say that it has been challenging does not fully express the arduous nature of Fall 2020. Keeping this in mind and with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, we are hosting a two-week writing support group. We want to create an empathetic space for researchers and scholars to accomplish personal writing goals while coping with the effects of multiple stressors (the global pandemic, recent hurricane, presidential election,  upcoming holiday season, or any other personal obstacles we may not know about).


Taylor Center: October Writing Challenge

Virtual Event

Scholars, faculty, graduate students, community leaders, and other writers interested in the field of social innovation, changemaking, social justice, social impact, among other related subjects are invited to join this 4-week writing challenge.

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