PhD Research Writing Development Opportunities
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.
PhD Two-Day Writing Retreat 16th & 17th July 9.15am - 4.45pm FULLY BOOKED
Booking now open via Eventbrite
A step between our normal writing retreats and our Thesis Boot Camp, this two-day event is designed to help you make signficant progress on a large piece of writing such as a chapter or paper. Discussion will focus on the production of writing and on maintaining momentum when writing. A facilitator will be on hand for individual consultation.
You will need to have identified the piece of writing you wish to do and to have already done the reading/research needed in order to write.
PhD Writing Retreat 30th July 9.15am - 4.45pm
Booking now open via Eventbrite
If you're looking for a time and space to get on with your writing this retreat is for you. The aim is to help you make progress on a writing project such as a thesis chapter(s) or conference paper. Another aim is to help you become more aware of your processes around writing and use this knowledge to help you work more productively. You will need to identify a writing project beforehand, and to do a series of short tasks to prepare for the retreat.
Whether you are an experienced retreater or this is your first time, the facilitator will help you to get the most out of your time with us.
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.
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 (email@example.com).
Staff Writing Retreats
Our next staff writing retreat is likely to be during November Reading Week. Please check back in September to see more details.
If you have any questions about our events, please contact Kelly Peake or Heather Campbell