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Writing Retreat

Friday, 21 September 2018

 Aims
To provide dedicated writing time and develop productive writing practices and discussions around writing-in-progress.

Audience
PhD students and active researchers.

Format
This structured retreat uses the ‘typing pool’ model. Writers are all in the same room, writing in scheduled time slots, using goal-setting, peer monitoring and warm up activities to progress writing projects. Because everyone is writing in the same room, there can be brief discussions at the start and end of the day (of 10 or 15 minutes), to set goals and take stock, but almost all of this retreat time will be writing time.

Preparing for retreat
Choose a writing project to work on – e.g. journal article, thesis chapter or grant proposal. Do the necessary reading and research on journal/publisher/funder and on the topic before the retreat and arrive ready to write. The Writing for Publication workshop on the day before this retreat will introduce strategies that will help participants make best use of this retreat, but it is not a pre-requisite.

The facilitator

Dr Marie Fletcher is a highly experienced Senior Lecturer and subject lead of Accounting, Finance and Law. She completed her PhD (part time) some years ago and credits writing retreats for providing the time and headspace to write up her thesis. She successfully completed the  Training for Retreat Facilitators course ,which was created and  led by Prof Rowena Murray, and she regularly runs writing days for both staff and students at her own institution.

The venue
University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, Paisley, Scotland, PA1 2BE. 

For information on structured writing retreats
See Murray and Newton (2009) in the journal Higher Education Research and Development and Murray and Moore’s (2006) Handbook of Academic Writing (Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill).
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07294360903154126

 

We recommend the Ashtree Hotel if you need accommodation. This can be booked at

http://www.ashtreehousehotel.com/ . It is across the road from the venue. 

Network: Professional Development Programme
Date(s): Friday, 21 September 2018
Times: 9:00 - 16:30
Location: University of the West of Scotland, Paisley
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