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Call for Application - 2023 Writing Retreat

May 11, 2023 8:59 PM | Anonymous

Writing Retreat for NACA Members

July 30 - August 05, 2023
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

The Nepali Academics in America (NACA) is pleased to announce this writing retreat opportunity for its members hosted by Prof. Shanta Pandey at her home in Boston. There are five seats available for this retreat.

This retreat opportunity is made possible by our gracious host Prof. Shanta Pandey (Boston College, School of Social Work) who is also a member of the NACA Advisory Council. We are grateful for her generosity and leadership in this unique opportunity.

About the Writing Retreat

This retreat will offer six nights and five days of uninterrupted hours to write, read, reflect, and interact with scholars from varied disciplines. The rooms have a chair and table, but you may use other spaces on the first floor, including the patio and the swimming pool area, for your writing. The house has high-speed Wi-Fi. If you need to use the library, the Boston College library is within walking distance (0.6 miles). The house has a printer but no copier or scanner. If you plan to print out more than a few pages, you may need to use Copy Centers (e.g., FedEx Office) around Boston College. The house is smoke-free, and smoking is not allowed inside the house.

There are no fees for the retreat; however, writers are responsible for transportation to and from the retreat venue. Writers should arrive on Sunday, July 30, 2023, after 3:00 pm. From then on, you will be Professor Pandey’s guest until 10:30 am on Saturday, August 5. She will generously provide rooms and meals, starting with dinner on Sunday evening. Every day, continental breakfast will be available from 7:00 am to 8:30 am and light lunch between 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm. Coffee and tea will be available all day. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 pm, and dinner will be served at 7:30 pm. You can take a break from your writing after 6:00 pm and help her prepare dinner and clean.

The retreat is your free writing time, with very little structure. Writers will meet as a group and have dinner together every evening. Occasionally, Professor Pandey may invite a colleague or two from Boston’s higher education institutions to join the group for dinner. Please do not bring family or pets during the retreat, but you are encouraged to invite them and enjoy the New England area before or after the retreat.

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest to Dr. Gyan Nyaupane at The applicant should be a member of NACA. If you are not a member yet, be sure to join us before submitting this application. The application should include a paragraph with your writing plan for the retreat, such as writing a book, book chapter, article, grant proposal, or anything, and how this opportunity advances your scholarship. If the retreat helped your scholarly publication, please acknowledge NACA and the host’s generosity in your publications. There are no additional expectations for attending this retreat.

The application deadline for the Writing Retreat is May 25, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by a committee commissioned by NACA. If you are selected, we will notify you by June 5 and request your decision by June 10.

If you have any questions about the retreat, please contact Dr. Gyan Nyaupane.

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