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PhD research writing development opportunities

Retreats and workshops  January and February 2017 - booking dates for March - May will be released in early February

  • Regular writing group - Thursdays 10.00 - 12.00, 19 January - 23 March 2017 - NOW FULL

On 19 January 2017 we will be starting a regular writing group structured to help regular writing and long term goal setting. In joining this group participants will set a goal for the whole semester (to finish a PhD chapter or journal article, perhaps) and will commit to coming every week for 10 weeks for the full two hour slot. The group will meet in room 3 in Mile End Library, first floor. We will offer gentle facilitation, minimal discussion, and some methods for developing writing over this time frame.  

If you would like to join the next group, running May - July please email us to be added to our mailing list. 

  • Half day reading/writing retreats: 

    • Morning retreats (09:00-12:30): Thursday 2nd February, Monday 6th March, Tuesday 21st March, Tuesday 2nd May

    • Afternoon retreats (1.00-4.30): Friday 19th May 

These events are half day morning or afternoon retreats that offer a time, place and collegial atmosphere to get your research writing or reading done without distractions. They follow the same structure as our whole day retreats – goal setting, writing/reading, reflection – but with less time allocated to discussion; as such they are aimed at those people who have been on a retreat before.  If you haven’t been on a retreat before or feel that you have issues with writing that you’d like to discuss, we recommend that you come to one of our whole day retreats or email us for a conversation to discuss attending a half day.

Attendance is free for QMUL students but by application as there are a limited number of spaces. There will be a charge of £15 for non-QMUL students. Please note that to attend this retreat you need to arrive on time and be ready to start at 9.15/13.15.  

To apply, please email us giving the date(s) you would like to attend, your name, your school/research unit, intended writing project, and a statement confirming that you have previously attended a writing retreat. We will then get back to you to either confirm your place and let you know the venue, or to put you on the waiting list. 

This reading retreat is a whole day event which focuses on managing the large amounts of complex reading that researchers need to do. It offers participants techniques for organising and keeping track of large areas of literature; practical suggestions on how to read in focused and effective ways and use your reading more productively in your writing, and a chance to discuss any problems with reading (and writing about) the literature in your field. This is open to writers at all stages of their PhD. There is a charge of £10 QMUL student/£20 non-QMUL student to cover venue and catering. 

Staff Retreats

If you need some time and space to get away from everyday pressures and to make progress on a writing project then our staff writing retreats are for you. Throughout each retreat you will be supported by short writing tasks, designed to get writing started, and goal setting, designed to maintain motivation. Each retreat will be held off campus but close to QMUL, in a quiet location in Bethnal Green. There is a charge of £20 QMUL staff/£40 non-QMUL staff for each retreat to cover venue and catering.

Thesis Boot Camp 

The next Thesis Boot Camp will be held 12-14 May 2017. Please check back here in early March for application details. 


If you would like more information on retreats in general, please read our retreats section or contact Kelly Peake or Heather Campbell. If you would like to be kept informed about future events, please contact us to be put onto the direct mailing list.