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Please note that registering for one Power Hour session will give you access to all three sessions running throughout November for Academic Writing Month. There is no obligation to attend all three sessions, however.

The Power Hour of Writing (PHOW) fosters belonging through an online writing community. These AcWriMo (Academic Writing Month) Power Hours follow the model developed by Dr Stephanie Zihms and Claire Mackie. For full information about the Power Hour, including access to resources to support you in running your own Power Hour sessions, please see their website: Click here to view the PHOW website. Their recently published paper in Journal of Academic Writing is entitled The Power Hour of Writing: An empirical evaluation of our 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 Dr Stephanie Zihms and Claire Mackie (2020), supports these themes. This AcWriMo, we will adopt Claire and Stephanie’s approach, aiming to foster a sense of community and support around the time we protect for writing.


15.20 – 15:30


Welcome & what’s on from SRHE


Check-in and set goals

15.30 – 16.30


Power Hour - work on any aspect of your project

16.30 – 16.40


Follow up - share your experience with the group



November 23rd, 2023 from  3:20 PM to  4:40 PM
Online event - link will be provided
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
Member Price £0.00
Guest Price £75.00
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