Albury-Wodonga Researcher Writing Retreat

By popular request, Academic Writing Month (#LTUacwrimo) will culminate in a three-day writing retreat held at the Albury-Wodonga campus. (For the Melbourne campus retreat, follow THIS LINK.)

The retreat will be particularly useful for researchers with a clear writing goal who can sustain three days of independent writing and is unlikely to be suitable for graduate researchers in their first year of candidature.

The retreat is designed to give you time and space to focus on an individual writing project: a journal article, a conference paper, a book or thesis chapter. Most of the time, you will be writing quietly in a room with others, towards your own writing goal.

To support you reaching your goal, the retreat offers:

  • A meeting with your writing, and space away from the office to work without interruptions
  • All lunches, morning and afternoon teas are catered.
  • Optional writing workshops
  • Opportunities to connect with other writers through the retreat.

What to bring

Bring to the retreat:

  • Your laptop and writing tools
  • A powerboard and extension cable.
  • If you use ergonomic or assistive equipment, please feel free to bring your own chair, footrest or auxiliaries
  • A plan for your three days of writing.


Participants may wish to stay on campus (cost extra, $35-55/night).  If you are interested in accommodation, please email The RED Team with the subject line ‘AW Retreat accommodation’.

Registration and Cost

The total cost for the retreat is $30.


Retreat Program

The Support Space (room 3105)

Find the daily convenor, log your writing achievements, or browse our extensive collection of writing resources.

Pomodoros and Workshops (room 3107)

If you want a 3-day Shut Up and Write, this is the place for facilitated writing using the Pomodoro Technique of timed writing sprints. Optional writing workshops and yoga sessions will take place here.

Silent Room (room 3101)

Sit and write in collegial silence. All phones and email alerts must be turned off. Be quiet and respectful of fellow writers if you need to move around the room.

Food and Chat (room 3105)

Morning tea, afternoon tea, and warm drinks, will be available throughout the retreat. Take a break, or connect with colleagues here. Lunch will be taken outside, subject to weather conditions.

Daily Schedule

Within the schedule, you are encouraged to take breaks regularly to maximise your productivity.



9:00 am


Daily planning session.

9:00 am- 12.30 pm

Choose your writing space. Write until lunch.

Take morning tea break when it suits you.

12.30 pm-1.15 pm

Lunch break

1.15 pm-2.15 pm

Optional workshop or walk

1.15 pm-5:00 pm

Choose your writing space. Write.

Take afternoon tea break when it suits you.

5:00 pm

Formal close of the day.

5:00 pm-5:30 pm

The building is not locked until 5.30pm, and you are welcome to write then.


Albury-Wodonga Writing Retreat

The Albury-Wodonga writing retreat is a 3-day writing intensive, held as part of La Trobe’s Academic Writing Month (ACWRIMO).

The retreat will allow you to focus on getting those words down, with no distractions!

The 3-day registration includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea each day.


Monday 27 November - Wednesday 29 November 2017


9.00 am – 4.00 pm each day




La Trobe University

Cancellations & refunds

Requests for refunds must be received at least 5 working days prior to the close of retreat registration
(Registration closes: Friday 20 November, 2017).

Email to request accommodation (cost extra, $35-55 per night).

Notification of cancellations must be made to AW Writing Retreat