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Academic Writing Retreat

Increasingly, researchers wish to make writing a focused social activity with regular breaks in a productive environment that is supportive. In it, you will find an environment to write, share and discuss our processes of engagement with the craft of writing as part of a community of practice. Also there will be opportunities to gain access and share tools and suggestions which will add to the scope of your skills.

All the writing retreats are open to participants regardless of previous participation in writing retreats. New tips and areas of reflection will be encouraged, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and insights, and, most importantly, you will write towards your own goals and interests.

To make the most of the writing retreat, you are invited to prepare your 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, even though this event is free for BERA Members there is a £25 charge to secure your place, which will be automatically refunded once you attend the event. 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

Participating in a BERA Virtual event

  • You will be sent the link to the event at least 3 days before the event. If you register in the last few days you will be sent the link within 24 hours
  • We will be using the Microsoft Teams platform and your audio and video will be activated
  • For the best viewing experience please use a laptop or computer
  • It is best to check your connection at least 10 minutes before the event, and any problems the BERA technical team may be able to assist



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