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Fostering the Art and Science of Health Sciences Library Service

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!

  • 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 application by email to Jack Bullion (
Deadline: September 1, 2022

The writing retreat will be held at the University of Houston Health Sciences Library on Thursday, September 22 and Friday, September 23 from 9AM-5PM. Internet access will be provided by our hosts. Lunch will be provided on both days. No registration fee is required, but all workshop applicants must be registered to attend the 2022 SCC/MLA conference. Travel and lodging costs are to be paid by the attendee or the attendee’s institution. Attendees are required to bring their own laptops. Internet access will be provided by our hosts. Daily lunch will also be provided both days.

For more information about the retreat, contact Jack Bullion ( 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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