A writing retreat provides a focused opportunity for participants to be able to make significant advances in their research and scholarly writing through hard work in a supportive social environment. The aim is to get some writing done and to gain new perspectives on our writing and our writing habits in order to be more productive in the future. These events have previously been run by the RIPLE research hub for educational researchers but this year they are open to all doctoral research students and academic staff from across the University.
The writing retreats are aimed at doctoral research students and academic staff who have a specific academic writing project in progress. It might be one or more chapters of your thesis, a research paper or chapter that needs some writing and editing or (for academic staff only) a Masters dissertation. We use most of the time for writing, in silence, with all of us in the same room. Brief discussions between writing slots often generate solutions to writing problems, develop drafts, lead to research-orientated conversations and provide feedback on writing-in progress. In addition, one or two experienced and published academics will be on hand to offer individual support.
Writing retreats get work done, but they also help to establish ways of approaching writing that have benefits for your subsequent productivity.