Writing Hours and Retreats

Open Writing Hours

For Fall 2020, Writing Hours will happen virtually every Friday, 8:30AM—12:00PM. You can drop in when it's convenient for you and come and go as you like. Our hope is that these sessions provide that extra bit of motivation and camaraderie to keep your writing and research projects going.

Due to popular demand, we'll soon add a second weekly session of Writing Hours. It'll be an afternoon session, 1:00PM—4:30PM. Stay tuned for updates. 

Here's how to participate:

  • Sign in with this Google Sheet and state your goal.
  • When you've finished for the day, return to the spreadsheet and log what you accomplished. 
  • Optionally, celebrate yourself by posting on social media! (include our tag @HCWEMiami)

If you'd like to join others via video and/or chat, click on the meeting link in the Google Sheet (in the yellow highlighted cell toward the top) to start or join the meeting.


The Howe Center for Writing Excellence (HCWE) sponsors two full-day writing retreats each semester, plus a 4-day retreat (co-sponsored by the colleges) each Winter term.

For Fall 2020, retreats will be held virtually on:

  • Saturday, September 12, 8:30AM—4:00PM
  • Friday, October 9, 8:30AM—4:00PM


Logistics of an online retreat

Although we can't provide the usual food and drinks, we'll still structure the retreat in a way that keeps you motivated to write. You will start the session by stating a goal and you can report back on that goal at the end. We'll build in regular breaks with guided stretches and movement, including an extended one for lunch. We'll host virtual breakout rooms, too, for anyone who'd like to work quietly in the company of other attendees.

Here's what to expect after you register:

  • Within a day after registering, you will receive a Google Calendar invitation from the HCWE. Accept and put the invite on your calendar. 
  • The day before the retreat, you'll receive a reminder to check-in the next day between 8:30-4:00, with a link for doing so.
  • When you're ready to join the retreat on Saturday, click the link in the reminder email. That link will take you to a check-in document to verify your info and enter a goal/intention for the day. 
  • After checking in to the retreat on Saturday, get started writing
  • For those who would also like to virtually join other writers in a WebEx video chat (no sound), the retreat's reminder email and the calendar invitation will both provide a Webex meeting link.