Join us for a Writing Retreat

The EdD program wishes to invite all EDST graduate students to join our first annual writing retreat on March 9, 2018. Please register early to reserve your spot.

The Writing Retreat will be one day and will offer a balance of speakers and individual or group writing time.  Regardless of where you are at in the course of your graduate studies, you are encouraged to attend.  The group sessions will be livestreamed to accommodate students who are unable to attend in person, and remote individual meetings with faculty can be arranged for specific inquiries.



 Time  Session
 8:30 am – 9:00 am  Registration and coffee/mingling
 9:00 am – 9:15 am  Welcome & Overview of the Day
 9:15 am – 10:15 am  Keynote with Dr. Anthony Paré
 10:15 am – 10:30 am  Personal goal setting exercise
 10:30 am – 10:45 am  Break
 10:45 am – 11:15 am Concurrent workshops:
1. Writing Strategies with Dr. Stack, and
2. How to approach writing your proposal with Dr. Ruitenberg
 11:15 am – 12:30 pm  Lunch
 1:15 am – 3:15 pm  Writing time / meeting with EDST faculty members or supervisor as  available
 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm  Break
 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm  Wrap-up reflection / closing


*room locations will be confirmed in early march

Registration opens for EdD students: November 27, 2017
Registration opens for all EDST students: January 8, 2018
Event limited to 40 participants

Meet our Keynote Speaker


Dr. Paré is Professor and Head of the Language and Literacy Education Department, at the University of British Columbia and Professor Emeritus at McGill University. He has numerous publications on academic writing, particularly in the context of doctoral education. He also works in rhetoric and discourse, and in teacher education. His co-authored article “Probing normalized institutional discourses about writing: The case of the doctoral thesis” (with D. Starke-Meyerring, N. El-Bezre, & K.Y. Sun; Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 8 (2): 13-27), was named the ‘Best Research Article on Rhetoric, Writing Studies, or Discourse Studies’ for 2014 by the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing.