Coming up



University staff are on strike between 25th November and 4th December over long-term cuts to pay and changes to pensions. 

As a consequence Shut Up & Write will not be running on 28th November.

PhD Research Writing Development Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Throughout the year we hold many different events for PhD students and staff. This page will be updated as and when these events are available to book. 

If you would like more information on how our events run, what to expect and how to prepare, take a look at our 'What is a Thinking Writing retreat like.docx' document.

Unless otherwise stated our retreats usually take place in the Anson Room at St Margaret's House in Bethnal Green. The period decor and dining room-style layout create a feeling of cosyiness while you are working hard on your writing. We sit around one large table to help with the feeling of being in a writng community.

Our retreats section has further information on the thinking behind our events and what to consider if you're planning your own retreat.

Our retreats tend to be fully booked. However, if any single event doesn't reach half capacity, we may have to cancel it. In this event, we would refund your booking fee and aim to let you know a week in advance.

Our events are open to QMUL and non-QMUL PhD students from any discipline.


Thinking Writing is excited to announce the first dates of our new programme of PhD retreats.

This free Writing Retreat takes place on campus and is open only to QMUL PhD students. Set aside a day to make progress on a writing project, become more aware of the processes around your writing and use this knowledge to help you work more productively.


These two Writing Retreats are open to Queen Mary and external PhDs who want to focus on a writing project. Taking place in a quiet location off campus, these Retreats will give you the time and space to make progress on writing, whether you're working on a thesis chapter, a conference paper or something else. 

Shut Up and Write

If you want a regular time and space to concentrate on your writing than join us for Shut Up and Write, every Thursday 10 - 11 am in the PGR Reading Room, Mile End Library, 2nd Floor. 

How it works

1. Set yourself a writing goal for the hour

2. At 10 am, start writing

3. At 11 am, stop writing. See if you’ve managed to reach your goal.

4. Come and talk to the facilitator (a writing tutor) if you want advice or have a question.

Skills Points

PhD students can accrue Skills Points for attending Thinking Writing retreats or one-to-one tutorials with the Writing and Study Guidance service. For the former, please select activity “Reading/Writing retreat” with the correct number of days (the options are half, 1 or 2 days). For the latter, please select “Learning Development 1-2-1 tutorial” from the drop-down menu for ‘Type’. If you’re unsure of how to claim these activities, there is a step-by-step guide under the Help tab on the Skills Points System website.

Writing Group

The Writing Group is currently suspended while we reconfigure its structure. We hope to relaunch it in 2020, so if you would be interested in attending email to join our mailing list.


Staff Writing Retreats

Unfortunately we will not be able to offer any staff writing retreats for the foreseeable future. We will update this page should this change. 


If you have any questions about our events, please contact Heather Campbell