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Academic Writing Retreat

This writing retreat creates a productive environment for participants to write. You will find a quiet space to write, with short spaces to share tips and tools, to overcome writing blocks, and to discuss your progress in a community of practice. This space is open to researchers at all stages of your career, and you can attend regardless of previous participation in writing retreats as you will write towards your own goals and interests.

To make the most of the writing retreat, you are invited to prepare a plan of what you are going to write during the two days and where you plan to publish/submit your work. Once you are registered you will be sent a form to complete focusing on your writing plan and goal for the retreat.

As the number of spaces is limited and this event normally sells out, this event has a refundable £25 charge for BERA Members to secure your place. Please note that participants would need to commit to attend the entire retreat and to focus exclusively on writing. It is recommended not to be connected to email or search engines during the writing sessions.


Day 1

09:00 Stretching – Optional – + Short Break
09:30 Introductions and goals
10:00 Group Activity
10:30 Writing 1
11:30 Break
11.45 Review
12.00 Writing 2
13.15 Lunch
13.45 Review and Re-Evaluating Goals
14.15 Writing 3
15.15 Break
15.30 Review
15.45 Writing 4
17.00 Wrap-Up
17.30 End of Day 1

Day 2

09:00 Stretching – Optional – + Short Break
09:30 Re-Evaluating Goals
09:45 Writing 5
11:15 Break
11:30 Review
11.45 Writing 6
13:15 Lunch
13:45 The Path and Re-Evaluating Goals
14:15 Writing 7
15:15 Break
15.30 Review
15.45 Writing 8
17.00 Wrap-Up


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Mabel Encinas, Dr

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Carrie Birch, Dr

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Louise Kay, Dr

Lecturer at University of Sheffield

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