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Academic Writing Weekend – September 2023

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.

This writing weekend was open to all participants regardless of previous participation in writing retreats. New tips and areas of reflection were encouraged, and there were opportunities to share your experiences and insights, and, most importantly, to write towards your own goals and interests.

This two day event was designed to provide:

  • To engage in writing a specific piece of work and engage in reflective activities regarding the participants’ own writing
  • To share tips and resources that support the writing process
  • To contribute with ideas for a future collaborative writing retreats and collaborative research ideas

To make the most of the writing retreat, delegates were invited to prepare a plan of what they were going to write during the two days and where they plan to publish/submit their work.

This was an in-person writing retreat. Intentionally built as an extension that takes place prior the our annual conference, more importantly, as an extended space to focus on your research. 

This event took place in the same venue as the BERA Conference 2023 venue.

Registration fee includes:

  • Full 2 day programme
  • Unlimited refreshments during the day
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Bed and breakfast (onsite hotel. All rooms include (as a minimum): En-suite bathroom, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Work desk, LED televisions with Freeview HD digital service, Tea and coffee making facilities, Iron and board, Hair dryer, Breakfast served onsite)


Day 1

10:00 Registration, tea and coffee
10:30 Introductions and goals
11:00 Group Activity
11:30 Writing 1
12.15 Review
12.30 Writing 2
13.30 Lunch
14.30 Review and Re-Evaluating Goals
15.15 Writing 3
16.15 Break
16.30 Review
16.45 Writing 4
18.00 Wrap-Up
18.30 Dinner

Day 2

09:00 Tea and coffee
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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Louise Kay, Dr

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