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November is Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) an academic write-a-thon that happens every year. This year, SRHE will host a series of sessions which provide opportunities for writing in community and which explore effective ways to organise and support writing groups.

This workshop will introduce participants to the different types of writing communities and will allow time to share intentions for the month and write together as a group. Participants will have the chance to experience first-hand the benefits of writing in a community of supportive, likeminded academic writers in higher education.


10.00 – 10.10


Welcome and Introductions – get to know your fellow community members

10.10 – 10.30

Introduction to AcWriMo, writing communities and realistic goal setting, including:

  • information on finding and forming writing groups
  • good practices for academic writers
  • effective goal setting strategies
  •  tips and tricks to achieve success even when things don’t go to plan

10.30 – 10.45

Goal Sharing as a group – focussing on manageable tasks for both the month and today’s session.

10.45 – 10.50

Writing Warm Up

10.50 – 11.35

Writing Session 1 (45 mins)

11.35 – 11.50


11.50 – 12. 35

Writing Session 2 (45 mins)

12.35 – 13.00

Reflecting on our achievements this session and setting ourselves up for future successes.

Facilitator bionote:

Islay Shelbourne is a PhD Candidate at the University of St Andrews. She has four years of experience running writing retreats both online and in person at the University of St Andrews and the School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is passionate about fostering a supportive community in which academic writers of all levels can achieve their goals.

November 2nd, 2023 from 10:00 AM to  1:00 PM
Online event - link will be provided
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