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PhD research writing development opportunities

Upcoming Events

Writing Retreat 2nd October - booking now open!

Get away from university for a day and join us for a writing retreat in a quiet location off campus. This one day retreat will help you become more aware of your writing processes and to work more productively. 

Writing Retreat for First Timers 19th October - booking now open!

If you've never been to a Thinking Writing retreat before, this one is for you. As well as spending time getting some writing done, there'll be group discussion tackling topics such as procrastination, getting started, dealing with distraction and motivation. 

Staff writing retreat - two days in reading week in November, date to be confirmed by end of September. All staff welcome. 

Thesis Boot Camp

Drop and give me 20,000 words!

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

If so, Thesis Boot Camp is for you! 

Taking place over the weekend of 10th-12th November, Thesis Boot Camp recruits will battle through researcher blues, writer’s block and thesis fatigue to achieve significant progress on their manuscript. This intensive event is not for the faint-hearted!

Dedicated solely to getting words down on paper (or a computer screen), this program is designed to help students get over that final hurdle, or to kick-start their writing progress if it has stalled.

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. 

Applications open on 22nd September and close on 6th October 2017. No late applications will be considered.

For more information on Thesis Boot Camp download this document: Thesis Boot Camp Information - Nov 2017.docx

To apply, download this application form: Thesis Boot Camp Application Form QMUL November 2017 application.docx


If you would like more information on retreats in general, please read our retreats section or contact Kelly Peake or Heather Campbell