Writing Retreat for International Doctoral Students

A workshop offered by the International Office

Having trouble staying motivated? Feel like there's never enough time in your day, especially with children in the background? The Writing Retreat is organized to assist, challenge and deepen your writing, a program of writing sessions in which to make significant progress.

In-person Workshop

Friday, June 21, 2024
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, June 28, 2024
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 29, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 30, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Dr. Alexandra Leipold




Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI), Langer Grabenweg 68, 53175 Bonn

Target Group

International doctoral students




16 units are applicable within the Doctorate plus certificate

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The two-day Writing Retreat gives you the motivation kick for (completing) your papers or PhD. Furthermore the Retreat supports analyzing your writing behavior, potentials for its further development and measures how to think differently to minimize procrastination.

Most of the time however you will write in a quite environment at the GSI – a beautiful place close to the centre of Bonn – accompanied by individual counselling and short periods of meditation or exercises (depending on the weather). Everyone dealing with larger academic writing tasks like PhD is welcome to participate.

Program und Schedule:

  • June 21, 5-6pm (online): Introduction to the idea behind the Writing Retreat
    and how to prepare
  • June 28, 5-6pm: Get-together in person at the International Club at the
    International Office (drinks and snacks included)
  • June 29 and 30, 10am-6pm: Writing retreat at the GSI Bonn (lunch included),
    GSI: https://www.gsi-bonn.de/en.html   

Register your interest via email: s.papel@uni-bonn.de


  • Accompanied two-day writing retreat
  • Introduction to writing behaviour and writing strategies
  • Individual counseling on personal matters (time-management, self organization etc)
  • Short periods of meditation


International Office

Sandra Papel 

 +49 228 73-9527


Poppelsdorfer Allee 102
53115 Bonn

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