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

Thesis Boot Camp – 20th-22nd April

NB: Applications for Thesis Boot Camp have now closed. We will be announcing the dates of the Autumn Boot Camp here in the new academic year.

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 Friday 23rd February and will close at 17:00 on Friday 16th March.

You can read more information about Thesis Boot Camp here. Apply using the Application Form here.

PhD Writing retreat – 1st May

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.

PhD Reviewing and Editing Workshop and Retreat – 15th May

The reviewing and editing workshop is designed for writers who have completed at least one draft chapter of their thesis and want to explore strategies for reworking it. The day is structured as 30% teaching where the strategies are introduced and 70% writing time where participants can use the ideas on their own writing and have an optional discussion with the facilitator.  There will be a small cost for this retreat to cover catering. To apply please email us giving your name, an indication of what you will be working on and a commitment to attend. Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis; you will need to reconfirm that you can attend a week before the event.

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 ( 


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