Scholarly Writing Retreat: An NLN Mentoring Program

NLN Scholarly Writing Program

The NLN | Chamberlain University College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education is pleased to continue the NLN Scholarly Writing Program, now in its fifteenth year, by offering two opportunities in 2023.

The NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat is designed to help nurse educators enhance their writing skills and disseminate research findings and other work in scholarly publications. Nurse clinicians or administrators who are not faculty are also eligible to apply.

Applicants must:

  1. Have completed a recent research study or innovative project
    • This can be research from doctoral study (ie, dissertation) or another project
    • The project/study should be complete prior to the Scholarly Writing Retreat
  2. Agree to work with the program facilitator to select an appropriate journal for the proposed manuscript
  3. Commit to the program schedule and activities of the Scholarly Writing Retreat
  4.  Have a goal to complete the manuscript and submit it to the selected journal within the timeframe of the Scholarly Writing Retreat

This is my first publication, and I will be forever grateful for the work and knowledge bestowed upon me.  

- Former Scholarly Writing Retreat Participant

2023 Program Dates


Weekend Retreat: Friday, July 28 at 3 pm through Sunday, July 30 at noon (there will also be a live “Getting Started with your Writing and Manuscript” zoom session on Saturday, June 10 from 12 - 2 pm Eastern; will be recorded).

Location: NLN Headquarters, Washington, DC

Facilitator:  Marilyn H Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN  

Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023 (11:59 pm Eastern)

Applicants Notified By: Friday, May 19, 2023

Program Fee: $1,500 (due after acceptance notifications sent; credit card or check accepted) 

Deadline to confirm participation and remit fee: Friday, June 2, 2023


Virtual Session Dates: Saturday, October 7 and Saturday, November 4, 2023 (tentatively 10 am – 4 pm eastern)

Facilitator:  Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN

Application Deadline: Friday, September 1, 2023 (11:59 pm Eastern)

Applicants Notified By: Friday, September 8, 2023

Program Fee: $1,500 (due after acceptance notifications sent; credit card or check accepted) 

Deadline to confirm participation and remit fee:  Friday, September 22, 2023

Program Description


Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing at Duke University, is editor-in-chief of Nurse Educator and Journal of Nursing Care Quality. She is author or co-author of more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and 15 books, including Writing for Publication in Nursing (published by Springer). In 2017, Dr. Oermann 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 2008. 

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. Oermann and 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 per program. 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.

Once Accepted

Upon notification of acceptance, participants will be asked to sign an agreement indicating an understanding of their responsibilities and commitment to the program.  Participants will also receive a copy of the most current version of Manuscript Success, by Dr. Nicoll or Writing for Publication in Nursing by Dr. Oermann.

All participants will be provided with consultation, writing guidance and support from the faculty starting at 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

More Details - In-Person Weekend Retreat at NLN Headquarters

***travel and hotel expenses not included in tuition fee; light meals and snacks will be provided***

  • Day 1: Friday, July 28, 3 - 6 pm eastern 
    • Welcome, introduction of all participants and faculty.
    • Selection by each participant of a writing partner and review of writing partner’s introduction.
    • Work on drafts with review by Dr. Oermann and Ms. Block.
  • Day 2: Saturday, July 29, 9 am - 4 pm eastern (breakfast available at 8:30am and lunch provided from noon - 1 pm)
    • Morning work on drafts: individual consultations with Dr. Oermann and Ms. Block; use writing partner for critique and feedback.
    • Afternoon work on drafts: Print 1 copy of draft or sections for which you want feedback; find new partner from previous day and give draft (or sections) for peer review.
    • Review of next steps regarding finishing manuscript and submission.
  • Day 3: Sunday, July 30, 9 am - 12 noon eastern (breakfast available at 8:30 am)
    • Work on finishing manuscripts
    • Discussion on what comes next
    • Adjourn with goal to submit to selected journal by September 1, 2023

More Details: Virtual Sessions via Teams/Zoom Platforms

Virtual Session 1: Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10 - 4 pm eastern (break for lunch)

  • 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.”
  • 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 2.

Virtual Session 2: Saturday, November 4, 2023, 10 - 4 pm eastern (individual sessions during afternoon)

  • 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.

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.



For questions about the program or application process, please email