This past weekend six UW Geography graduate students headed off to participate in a writing retreat in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The retreat, led by Dr. Michael Brown, was designed to help PhD students to workshop dissertation proposals. It also gives students the opportunity to find out more about one another’s research and to experience the UW’s beautiful facilities in Friday Harbor. All participants found the retreat very helpful, and are grateful for the opportunity. Funding for the event was generously provided by the Durden Fellowship and by the Friends of Geography fund.