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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

Design Thinking Gumbo: Navigating Thinking Differently with Sunshine Best

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: The workshop will touch on principles from BlackSpace Manifesto and its application to traditional institutions. The audience will learn tools to use when navigating how to think differently in the context of post-colonial systems and taking action to…

November Design Thinking Breakfast with Edward Wycliff

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: Edward Wycliff is the founder and designer of an ethical apparel line called Bow Shoeshoe (“Shway-Shway”).  Wycliff grew up in Third Ward. He moved to upstate New York and earned a BA in Politics at Ithaca College, before earning…


November Design Thinking Breakfast with Michelle Barrett + Chris Daemmrich

Virtual Event

Register on Eventbrite: Review Presentation Materials Here: Emergent Grounds: Emergent Grounds for Design Education (EGDE) is a collective of interdisciplinary and intergenerational makers and thinkers facilitating the process of cultural reconciliation in the United States through design education…

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