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November 24th, 2021 11:15 AM through 12:40 PM
Online event - link will be provided

The Power Hour of Writing (PHOW) is designed to foster belonging through an online writing community.

The PHOW supports academics and postgraduate research students in finding time, space, encouragement, and support to engage productively in academic writing. Research indicates that creating positive habits around academic writing (Sword, 2017; Jensen, 2017) and reducing feelings of isolation can help (Murray, 2015); the PHOW model promotes an environment where both of these factors can be addressed.

There are a number of benefits to the PHOW: it provides accountability (Jensen, 2017); it legitimises writing as part of academic life (Sword, 2017); it creates a supportive space where writing becomes a social practice (Murray, 2015). Follow-up research by our facilitators, Dr Stephanie Zihms and Claire Mackie (2020), supports these themes.


11:15 – 11:20


Welcome & what’s on from SRHE

11:20 – 11:30


Check-in and set goals

11:30 – 12:30


Power Hour - work on any aspect of your project

12:30 -12:40


Follow up - share your experience with the group


Dr Stephanie G. Zihms, Lecturer, UWS, Research Services

Stephanie is a Lecturer in Researcher Development and she supports researchers in their development by providing training and opportunities to develop new skills. Her focus is on developing activities linked to the Concordat to support the Career Development of researchers, PGR Supervisor development and supporting mid-career academics at UWS. Her research interests are academic writing support and its role in community building, and the role of public engagement (science communication) in research-engaged teaching.

Claire R. Mackie, Lecturer, UWS, Learning Transformation, Innovation and Environments

Claire is a Lecturer and Senior Fellow of the HEA, with over 27 years of experience in learning and teaching at universities in Scotland; her research interests cover widening participation in higher education and supporting staff and students with their academic writing.


Jensen, J. (2017) Write No Matter What: Advice for Academics. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Murray, R. (2015) Writing in Social Spaces: A Social Processes Approach to Academic Writing. London: SRHE-Routledge.

Sword, H. (2017) Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Zihms, S.G. and Mackie, C.R. (2020) The Power Hour Of Writing: fostering belonging through an online writing community. [Online] Awaiting Publication.

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