Writing Hours and Retreats

Open Writing Hours

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Writing Hours take place virtually every Thursday afternoon, 12:30PM—4:00PM, and Friday, 8:30AM—12:00PM, during the semester. 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.

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.

New This Spring: Chair Yoga for Writers at Every Writing Hours Session!

four stone stacked atop each otherCommit to self-care and wellness every week by practicing chair yoga for writers with local yoga teacher Tanuja Singh. Sessions will be 30 minutes and take place toward the end of virtual Writing Hours, 3:15PM to 3:45PM on Thursdays and 11:30AM to 12:00PM on Fridays.

All Miami faculty, staff, and grad students are welcome, and you don’t have to be part of the Writing Hours session to join in on chair yoga.

To attend, you must sign a waiver before your first session. Once we receive your waiver, we'll send you a recurring calendar invite for both the Thursday & Friday meetings. Join whatever sessions you'd like throughout the semester.

And if you’re not familiar with chair yoga, it’s just what it sounds like—guided motion, stretching, and breathing you won’t have to leave your desk for. Make sure you’ve got a sturdy, comfortable chair that doesn’t roll and, ideally, doesn’t have armrests either.

Spring 2021 Retreats

Join us for 2 full-day writing retreats during the semester to give your work the dedicated attention it needs.

  • Friday, Feb. 26, 8:30AM—4:00PM
  • Monday, April 12, 8:30AM—4:00PM (Note: Miami Wellness Day)

Attendance at Spring 2021 Writing Retreats will be mostly virtual. In the virtual format, you’ll sign in and set an intention for the day. We’ll provide scheduled breaks with optional yoga and dance exercise. To provide additional motivation and community, participants can join a Zoom event (without audio, video optional).

Logistics of a virtual 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, 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, get started writing.
  • For those who would also like to virtually join other writers in a video chat (no sound), the retreat's reminder email and the calendar invitation will both provide a link.

In-person attendance at the HCWE, limited to 6 participants, is available on a first come first serve basis. Our offering of in-person attendance is contingent on COVID-19 conditions. We may alter our plans and offer only virtual attendance, out of consideration for the health and safety of the Miami community. 


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