Writing Retreats

What are Writing Retreats? 

Writing is hard! It can also be lonely work. Sometimes we need support with our writing, and sometimes it’s just easier to be creative and to find inspiration when there are other people around. If you’re looking for a place where you can write with others and get support when you need it, you should consider coming to the Robert Gillespie Academic Skill Centre’s Writing Retreats. These Retreats offer supportive spaces where we can all be part of a community of writers. In a pre-COVID world, our Retreats took place in person. We’ll miss the coffee, tea, and snacks at those in-person gatherings, but there’s still a lot of good we can do as a community of writers who assemble from afar.

Writing professors will be present at each Retreat. They’ll be working on their own writing (because everybody will be writing!), but they will also be there to provide assistance. When you attend a Retreat, you can benefit from informal group discussions or one-on-one conversations with a writing professor about your specific project. You can come with questions. You can come with (or without!) a draft. You can drop in for a few minutes, or you can stay for a couple of hours. That’s all up to you. The Retreats are spaces where writing happens in the company of others, and you might be surprised by how much of a difference that can make!

Writing Retreat Schedule - Fall 2020

Writing Retreats take place from October 5 - December 11 via Zoom (https://utoronto.zoom.us/) on the following days and times :

Date and Time: Meeting ID: Passcode:
Mondays 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 814 5147 5240 writenow
Tuesdays 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM 850 6779 2351 writenow
Wednesdays 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 840 6394 3117 writenow
Thursdays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 857 1891 5470 writenow

Who Can Attend?

UTM students are welcome to attend our writing retreats. You can work on a writing project and get help when you need it.

How to Participate

  • These are drop-in sessions, no registration is required.
  • Bring your questions or bring your writing.
  • Stay for a couple of hours or just drop by for a few minutes.


If you have any questions regarding Writing Retreats, please email academicskills.utm@utoronto.ca.