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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.



Reviewing and Editing Retreat — Wednesday 12th December

A combined workshop and retreat designed for writers who have completed at least one draft chapter of their thesis and want to explore strategies for reworking it both at the micro-level of editing sentences and paragraphs, the macro-level of restructuring sections and chapters, and the tricky in-between bits you don’t know what to with. 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.

This is a full-day retreat which takes place on campus and includes lunch.

To book, please visit:

Reading Effectively — Thursday 13th December

A one-day retreat to help you handle the reading for your thesis more effectively. In a comfortable location off campus, free from distractions, you will have the time and space to make progress on your reading. We will also spend some time discussing how you approach reading and share strategies for being more focused and critical in that task.

In addition to that, we'll share some strategies for effective note-taking and you will spend some time writing about what you read. 

To book, please visit:


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 ( 


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