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***Registration for 2015 is now open.***

DISSERTATION ON THE LAKE, August 24-28 is a five day, four night writing retreat on the shores of Elbow Lake, 30 minutes north of Kingston.  This program was first offered last year by the School of Graduate Studies to provide graduate students the opportunity to write in a relaxing and inspiring environment, setting aside the distractions of daily life at home. Ten two-bedroom cabins will provide accommodation and some writing space. A central meeting room is available for writing. Three meals a day will be provided.  

Space is limited and preference will be given to those who have not participated before and PhD students. Cost: $75/person. (includes accommodation, all meals and transport if required).  Please note we have been able to reduce the fee thanks to a donation.

The day will be loosely structured around two writing sessions: three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon (you can always write for longer!)  Although writing will be the primary activity, there will be ample opportunities for relaxation including swimming, canoeing and hiking (all unsupervised).

Daily Schedule

Although this is a more informal writing event than the Dissertation Boot Camp, the retreat will follow this schedule: 

Monday:

8:30am Departure by van from Queen’s Campus (outside Gordon Hall)

9:00am Arrival and introduction to the Elbow Lake facility and the retreat.  Settle into cabins.

10:00am Writing begins.

12:00pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (make your own sandwich) and Recreation

2:00pm – 4:45 pm Writing Time

4:45pm - 5:00 pm Goal Setting for the next day

6:30 pm on.  Meal and recreation

Tuesday:

8:00am Breakfast/Recreation

9:00am -12:00pm Writing

12:00pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (make your own sandwich) and Recreation

2:00pm – 4:45 pm Writing Time

4:45pm-5:00 pm Goal Setting for the next day

6:30 pm on.  Meal and recreation

Wednesday:

8:00am Breakfast/Recreation

9:00am -12:00pm Writing

12:00pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (make your own sandwich) and Recreation

2:00pm – 4:45 pm Writing Time

4:45pm - 5:00 pm Goal Setting for the next day

6:00 pm -8:00pm  - Family BBQ.  

8:00pm - all visitors depart

Thursday:

8:00am Breakfast/Recreation

9:00am -12:00pm Writing

12:00pm – 2:00 pm Lunch (make your own sandwich) and Recreation

2:00pm – 4:45 pm Writing Time

4:45pm - 5:00 pm Goal Setting for the next day

6:30 pm on.  Meal and recreation

Friday:

8:00am Breakfast/Recreation

9:00am Writing

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (make your own sandwich)

1:00pm - 3:00pm Writing Time

3:00pm-4:30pm Recreation and Pack-up or More Writing

4:30pm-4:45pm Conclusions, Debrief and Departure. Arrival in Kingston around 5:30 pm.

Cost, Practicalities and Registration

Travel to the retreat, accommodation and 3 meals a day (participants will collectively prepare the meals) will be provided.  Your contribution will be $75, based on 2 to 4 person occupancy per cabin.   Please see the Elbow Lake website for information about the facility. There will be a roster for cooking and tidy-up for each meal.  Formal writing consultations are not part of this event.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Registration form (Appendix A - PDF 188  KB) and send to Colette Steer at steerc@queensu.ca. Applications are due July 24th.  Completing this registration form does not ensure participation if the number of registrations exceed spaces available.  We will confirm registration by the end of July.

Once participation is confirmed by the SGS, you must read and complete the SGS Information Form (Appendix B - PDF 320KB) and send to Colette Steer at steerc@queensu.ca no later than Friday 14th August. You will also be given instructions to go online to complete the University Off-Campus Safety form. On arrival to the Queen’s University Biological Station you will be asked to sign the Camps waiver form!  Yes a lot of form filling, but necessary for any activity off campus.