Dear Pittsburgh Gender Scholars,

Are you struggling to find time to write or work on your projects this summer? Want a quiet space in a gorgeous setting with some fellow gender scholars to help you reach your goals? A few of us have tried the mini-writing-retreat model and are finding it super helpful. Please feel free to join us for one or more (or all) of these sessions — we would love to have you!

  • Monday, June 26th, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 5th, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Thursday, July 13th, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 19th, 9:30am-3:30pm
  • Thursday, July 27, 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Thursday, August 3, 9:30am – 3:30pm
  • Thursday, August 10, 9:30am – 3:30pm

All sessions will be on the lovely Chatham University campus in Shadyside. Free parking, endless coffee/tea, and lunch provided! Please email Program Coordinator Melody Harris ( to let her know which sessions you will attend and any dietary needs so we can order your lunch. We have a large, comfortable room, but slots will be limited, so please RSVP early.

Here’s how it will work: we will meet in the Women’s Institute conference room on the second floor of Braun Hall (see attached map). Parking is in the Library Lot. We will provide plenty of coffee/tea and have lunch brought in, so there will be few distractions. It will be a social media/email-free zone for the day: the point is to focus on writing or a project. There will be breaks to discuss work with fellow travelers and we will post our personal goals for the day so we can help celebrate each other’s successes. We’ll use a schedule like this (adapted from the great Jennie Sweet-Cushman):

9:30am – 10am    Coffee, establish personal goals for the day, settle in
10:00am – 11:30am    In chairs working
11:30am – 11:45am    Break
11:45am – 12:45am    In chairs working
12:45pm – 1:15pm    Lunch break
1:15pm – 3:15pm    In chairs working
3:15pm – 3:30pm    Wrap up, sharing, feedback

Please let Melody know if you plan to join us. I look forward to learning more about your current projects — and here’s to a productive summer!


Jessie B. Ramey
Director, Women’s Institute
Chatham University