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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.

Our retreats section also 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.

 

Retreats

Getting Started on your Thesis – Tuesday 30th October

This writing retreat is aimed at PhD students who are just starting to think about writing, most likely those early in their second or third year but it is open to all! It is a whole day event held off-campus which:

•        gives participants a chance to work on their writing in a supportive atmosphere

•        offers strategies to help with problems around writing research and increase productivity, and

•        has optional 1-2-1 consultations with a facilitator to discuss your individual work

It will focus on organising your reading so you are ready to write, planning to write and using writing to further explore your ideas. Participation involves preparation — you will need to have done reading beforehand as you will have little access to your readings on the day. And you will need to come with a willingness to write.

To book, please visit:  https://eshop.qmul.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences-events/conferences-events/thinking-writing-phd-writing-retreat-getting-started-on-your-thesis-30th-october-2018

 

Staff Writing Retreat - Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th November

This retreat is an ideal opportunity for staff to devote a whole day or two to making progress on the conference paper/article/book chapter/HEA applications while teaching has paused. You’ll also have the chance to spend some time with colleagues discussing the pleasures and challenges of writing, and getting and giving feedback.

It will take place in a quiet location off campus and attendees can choose to book onto either both days or a single day.

To book, please visit: https://eshop.qmul.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences-events/conferences-events/thinking-writing-phd-staff-writing-retreat-5th-andor-7th-november-2018

 

Thesis Boot Camp – Friday 9th – Sunday 11th November

NB: We have now extended our deadline for Thesis Boot Camp until midnight on Sunday 21st October.

Drop and give me 20,000 words!
 

  • Are you a PhD researcher struggling with the writing battle?
  • Do you put off writing tasks with creative procrastination?
  • Are you finding the writing journey isolating and exhausting?

Thinking Writing has just what you need – the QMUL Thesis Boot Camp! Dedicated solely to getting words down on paper (or a computer screen), this program is designed to help doctoral students get over that final hurdle, or to kick-start their writing if it has stalled. The goal for this weekend is to help you generate words, and make progress on your thesis.

Sign up to join other PhD researchers in a no-excuses, no-time-for-procrastination, intensive writing weekend. Not for the faint hearted, Thesis Boot Camp recruits will battle through PhD blues, writer’s block and thesis fatigue to achieve significant progress on their manuscript.

Introductory sessions will include motivational talks, goal setting and strategies for writing quickly and well. Support staff will be on hand and catering will be provided to ensure an encouraging, distraction-free environment. Attendees will be required to complete pre-program planning activities and to commit to their own tangible aims for the weekend, such as completing a thesis chapter draft or similar.

Are you up for the challenge?

Thesis Boot Camp is aimed at mid-late stage PhD researchers. Applications will open on Monday 1st October and will close at 12:00 noon on Friday 19th October. midnight on Sunday 21st October.

All sessions will take place in the Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus. The program outline is as follows:
  • Day 1, Friday 9th November 2018, 4.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Day 2, Saturday 10th November 2018, 9.30am - 8.30pm
  • Day 3, Sunday 11th November 2018, 9.30am - 8.30pm

You can read more information about Thesis Boot Camp here.

Apply using the application form here.

 

PhD Writing Retreat – Friday 30th November

We return to the beloved Anson Room in Bethnal Green for the last writing retreat of the term. This writing retreat is a whole day event held off-campus which:

• gives participants a chance to work on their writing in a supportive atmosphere, 

• offers strategies to help with problems around writing research and increase productivity, and

• has optional 1-2-1 consultations with a facilitator to discuss individual’s work.

This is ideal for writers at all stages of their research, from those who are getting started to those who are panicking about finishing. Participation involves preparation – you will need to have done thinking and reading beforehand as you will have little access to literature on the day, and you need to come with a willingness to write.

To book, please visit: https://eshop.qmul.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences-events/conferences-events/thinking-writing-phd-writing-retreat-30th-november-2018

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

If you like the company of others when you write, you may want to sign up for our Writing Group - a group of PhD students who meet regularly in our rooms in the Mile End Library to sit down and write together. The group is non-facilitated, so no staff are present and it is up to participants how the sessions are run. If you would like to know more and/or sign up, email us (thinkingwriting@qmul.ac.uk). 

 

If you have any questions about our events, please contact Kelly Peake or Jack Gain