What are you most looking forward to about the retreat? Is there anything about the retreat that makes you nervous or apprehensive?
Do you have any other goals for the retreat, aside from what is listed above?
Do you have any other writing skills you feel proficient in, aside from what is listed above? Any other writing skills you would like to work on?
If you haven't done so in a separate message to Margy, please describe the current state of your manuscript. What have you written? How long is it (in pages or words), and how close is it to "done"? If you're writing a book proposal/monograph/dissertation, please describe your current plan for the chapter divisions. If you're writing an article, please list your target journal(s) if possible.
EXAMPLE A: "I have a rough draft of the first chapter (8,000 words), a detailed outline of the second chapter, rough notes on the third chapter, and nothing for the fourth chapter. I'm not sure how to begin the Intro or Conclusion. The second chapter will be a heavily revised version of an article I published last year."
EXAMPLE B: "I am working on an article based on research I did for my dissertation; I need to condense and reframe a 300-page dissertation into a 10,000-word article, which I hope to publish in X journal."
What field(s) does your work fit within? What research trends or scholarly conversations do you follow?
What materials do you plan to bring to the retreat (laptop, notes, books, etc)? What special materials would you like to request for Margy to bring to the retreat? Special materials include a travel whiteboard, poster board, post-it notes, and targeted writing resources.
What else would you like for Margy to know before the retreat?
Is there something extra Margy can do to help you stay motivated at the retreat? For example, would you like to work toward a positive goal (e.g., a certificate of achievement), or work to avoid a consequence (e.g., a check sent to your least-favorite charity)?