Collaborative Academic Writing Retreats

Do you have a deadline coming up or a piece of writing that’s long overdue? Or maybe some data analysis that just keeps slipping to the bottom of your to-do list? Alongside everything else that needs to fit in with our busy research lives, it can be hard to schedule devoted time in which to sit, think, and write. Our online retreats give you time, peace, and space to fend off procrastination and beat writer’s block. Each session will provide a friendly and constructive environment in which to meet like-minded peers, discuss challenges and work in a focused way using the established Pomodoro technique.

The following are some tips consider in advance of the retreat: 

  • Bring a piece of work with you: It might be part of a chapter or article you are writing, or maybe a presentation, bit of data analysis, or feedback you need to work through. Any task that would benefit from focused work time and motivation from your peers is appropriate
  • Get ready: Participants find that if they are set up when the retreat gets started, it is easier to focus. Open any documents or applications you need, grab a notebook, shut off your phone and social media in advance
  • Get comfortable: Can you create your ideal writing environment? Check your chair and lighting, make a cup of tea or coffee and get comfy. There will be regular breaks, but comfort is important to your productivity. 

The University of York is hosting a session on 18th November, as part of a range of sessions held throughout November by our colleagues in other universities – you are welcome to attend any of these sessions, and as many as you wish.

2nd November, 10:00Kings
4th November, 10:00-12:00Imperial
8th November, 10:00-12:00Ulster
8th November, 14:00-16:00Brighton
9th November, 10:00Kings
10th November, 10:00-12:00Cambridge
11th November. 11:00-13:00Surrey
15th November, 10:00-12:00Ulster
15th November, 14:00-16:00Brighton
16th November, 10:00Kings
17th November, 14:30-16:30Imperial
18th November, 10:00-12:00York
21st November, 10:00-17:00Surrey
22nd November, 10:00-12:00Ulster
22nd November, 14:00-16:00Glasgow
23rd November, 10:00Kings
24th November, 14:00-16:00Glasgow
25th November, 10:00-12:00Imperial
28th November, 14:00-16:00Cambridge
29th November, 10:00-12:00Ulster
November 30th, 10:00Kings

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