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SCC/MLA Writing Retreat

In order to facilitate the publication of quality library research from the South Central Chapter, SCC/MLA and the South Central Academic Medical Libraries (SCAMeL) Consortium co-sponsor a two-day writing retreat during the SCC's annual meeting for librarians who require additional time and support in writing research manuscripts—no matter what stage of the research process they might find themselves. So if you have a poster/paper from a previous SCC annual meeting that you want to push forward to publication or if you just have a great idea but need help getting started, please consider applying!

Important Change for 2020!

Due to the annual conference going virtual this year, we are pleased to announce that SCC/MLA and SCAMeL are co-sponsoring an online writing workshop for members who require additional time and support in writing their manuscripts. Unlike previous years, there will be no writing "retreat", only the workshop component. No MLA continuing education credit will be granted for this event.

  • Submit a polished draft of your manuscript. This means no outlines, freewriting, brainstorming, proposals, summaries, etc. (Partial drafts will be allowed so long as the written component is significant enough to warrant workshopping.)
  • Consider which professional journals you would like to submit your work to and tailor your writing to match their submission requirements.
  • At the top or on page one of the manuscript, include three questions about your draft that you would like your peers to focus on during the workshop.
Apply: Submit your drafts by email to Jack Bullion (
Deadline: October 1, 2020

All workshop applicants must be registered to attend the 2020 SCC/MLA virtual conference. Attendance will be capped at 10 in order to maximize peer feedback during the workshopping session. (If you are interested in participating but are not currently a member, please join – or renew your membership – by going to the Renew or Join Us! page.)

For more information about the retreat, contact Jack Bullion ( or Stewart Brower ( A case study about the retreat is available online; the article citation is as follows:

Bullion JW, Brower SM. Enhancing the research and publication efforts of health sciences librarians via an academic writing retreat. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA. 2017;105(4):394-399. doi:10.5195/jmla.2017.320.

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