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Writing Retreat – October

Increasingly, researchers wish to make writing a focused social activity with regular breaks in a productive environment that is supportive. This is the ‘second edition’ of our writing retreat. 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, as well as add to the scope of your skills through sharing and reflecting with the group.

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 your work.

As the number of spaces is limited, there is a £25 charge to secure your place, which will be automatically refunded once you attend the event. Potential participants will also submit an application form focusing on their writing plan and goal for the retreat (up to 350 words), which will be sent to the participant once the registration has been completed. 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.

The three workshops in 2022 are open to previous and new participants. We will include new tips and areas of reflection for each of them, we will also invite you to share your experiences and insights, and you will write towards your own goals and interests.


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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