PhD 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 (unless specificed) from any discipline.
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.
NB: this retreat is for QMUL PhD students only. As places are free, refreshments will not be provided although you may want to bring your own lunch.
Thinking Writing is pleased to announce two single-day writing retreats for PhD students and postdocs. These retreats aim to give students a time and space to get away from everyday pressures, and to 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.
The cost for the retreat is £15 for QMUL PhDs/£30 for non-QMUL PhDs. Unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds if you cannot attend.
The fee for the day includes all refreshments and a vegetarian lunch.
Please note that bookings close at midnight the night before the retreat
Shut Up and Write
(Please note, there will be no facilitator at Shut Up and Write will be on 23rd Jan 2020)
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.
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.
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