Virtual Scholarly Writing Retreat: An NLN Mentoring Program


Virtual Session Dates: 3-hour sessions on the following Saturdays: November 6, November 20, and December 18
Leader:  Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Application Deadline
: Friday, October 1, 2021 (11:59pm eastern) EXTENDED TO MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 BY NOON
Applicants Notified: Friday, October 8, 2021 
Program Fee: $1,500 (due after acceptance notifications sent; credit card or check accepted) 
Deadline to confirm participation and remit program fee: Friday, October 22, 2021
Deadline to submit manuscript to selected journal: January 15, 2022

Program Description:

The NLN | Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education is pleased to continue the expansion of the NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, now in its fourteenth year.

If you have recently completed a research study or innovative project but have not had the time to craft an article for publication, this workshop is for you. The NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat is designed to help nurse educators enhance writing skills and disseminate research findings and other work in scholarly publications. By the end of the retreat, our goal is for each participant to have a complete, edited paper ready for submission to a scholarly journal. Nurse clinicians or administrators who are not faculty are also eligible to apply. Again, having completed a research study or innovation is necessary for consideration. 

For the Fall/Winter 2021 NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, the program has been restructured, based on participant feedback and consideration of ways to maximize learning in the context of a virtual environment. We are excited about this innovation and look forward to helping another cohort of learners successfully achieve their publication goals!


Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, is the President and Owner of Maine Desk LLC, a business focused on writing consultation and publication success. Dr. Nicoll is the Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and Nurse Author & Editor. She is the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 7 books, including The Editor’s Handbook (2019) and Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals (2015). In 2014, Dr. Nicoll was honored by the International Academy of Nursing Editors as recipient of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication. She has facilitated the Scholarly Writing Retreat since 2011.

Dr. Nicoll will be joined by Leslie Block, managing editor of Nursing Education Perspectives, the NLN's research journal. Ms. Block was previously the managing editor of Nursing Research and senior editor of MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

Competencies and CEUs:

Participants will be eligible to earn 1.2 CEUs after completing an online, post-retreat evaluation.

This program addresses the following Core Competencies for Nurse Educators©:

Competency 6:
Pursue Continuous Quality Improvement in the Nurse Educator Role

Competency 7:
Engage in Scholarship

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Due to the nature of the program, space is limited to 12 participants. Selected participants will be chosen through a competitive application process. Preference will be given to members of the NLN, either as individual members or through their school's membership.

Applicants must have recently completed a research project or literature review or have another topic appropriate for development into a manuscript and must submit a completed application form. The application form includes the purpose, target audience, key data that will be evidenced, and the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators that will be addressed, along with a personal statement describing the applicant's interest in participating in this retreat and greatest challenge with regard to scholarly writing.

The NLN is actively seeking ways to advance our diversity goal. Applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds and/or papers that address diversity in nursing education in some manner are encouraged. Preference will also be given to papers that address the NLN Research Priorities in Nursing Education

Upon notification of acceptance, participants will be asked to sign an agreement indicating their understanding of their responsibilities prior to the retreat as follows:

  •  Participation in three virtual sessions, 3 hours in length, which will be held at the following intervals: 1) Session 1, two weeks after final confirmation of participation; 2) Session 2, two weeks after session 1; and 3) Session 3, four weeks after Session 2.
  • Completion of all assigned activities, as follows: 1) reading all assigned materials; 2) writing required assignments, which include a synopsis, journal due diligence for three journals, template article analysis, manuscript math outline, and drafts of a manuscript suitable for journal submission.
  • Commit to making an earnest and sustained effort to submit a manuscript to a selected journal within four weeks after Session 3, if not before.
  • Agree to participate in the Scholarly Writing Retreat through the Microsoft Teams environment.

All participants will be provided with consultation, writing guidance and support from Dr. Nicoll and Ms. Block from the time of acceptance through manuscript submission. With the understanding that most manuscripts submitted for publication require revision prior to acceptance, the faculty will work on revisions with participants for a period of time not to exceed one year.

Writing Retreat Virtual Sessions:

  • After selection and confirmation of attendance, participants will receive a copy of Manuscript Success, written by Dr. Nicoll, and specific instructions on two writing exercises to complete prior to the first virtual session, held two weeks later.
  • Virtual Session 1: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10 am - 1 pm eastern
    • Welcome, introduction of all participants and faculty.
    • Discussion of Manuscript Success and preliminary exercises (synopsis, journal due diligence).
    • Presentation by Dr. Nicoll, “Being Strategic and Successful in Professional Publication.”
    • Review of assignments to be completed before Session 2.
  • Virtual Session 2 : Saturday, November 20, 2021, 10 am - 1 pm eastern
    • Welcome and check-in from all participants and faculty.
    • Discussion of writing progress and exercises.
    • Presentation by Dr. Nicoll, “Using Writing Resources Effectively.”
    • Review of process to complete a manuscript suitable for journal submission by Session 3.
  • Virtual Session 3: Saturday, December 18, 2021, 10 am - 1 pm eastern
    • Welcome and check-in from all participants and faculty.
    • Discussion of process of writing the first draft of the manuscript; receiving feedback; working on revisions.
    • Presentation by Dr. Nicoll, “The Final Hurdle: Submitting, Revising, Celebrating!”
    • Discussion of timeline for each participant to submit their manuscript within four weeks of the conclusion of the session (if not done already) with estimation of consultation time needed from Dr. Nicoll and Ms. Block to complete this task.
  • All participants are expected to have a completed and submitted manuscript by January 15, 2022 (if not before).

  • Platform:
    • The Scholarly Writing Retreat will be held within the Microsoft Teams environment. All participants will be assigned a channel and will be expected to upload written assignments to their respective folders in their channel. Note that participants will be expected to use Microsoft Word for their uploaded assignments.
    • Drafts will be reviewed, and feedback will be provided though each participant’s private channel.
    • Between sessions, participants and faculty can also chat as a whole group in the general channel.
    • The Virtual Sessions will be held within the Microsoft Teams environment.
    • To successfully engage in the Scholarly Writing Retreat, all participants must have a computer than can run the Microsoft Teams app and a stable Internet connection.

Submitting an Application
(online system - SurveyMonkey Apply):

Please note: Submissions are accepted online only. You must have a SurveyMonkey Apply account to submit an application. Your NLN Member login is NOT valid. 

Submit your application here.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, October 1, 11:59pm ET

For questions about the program or application process, please email .