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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.

Retreats

Editing & Reviewing Your Thesis        2nd May 9.30am - 12.30pm

Booking now open via Eventbrite

This half day workshop is designed for PhD writers who have completed at least one draft chapter of their thesis and want to explore strategies for reworking it. From the the micro to the macro, this workshop will look at the different kinds of editing involved when reviewing PhD work, and involve a combination of teaching and time to put into practice the taught techniques. 

This event will take place on QMUL's campus in the Graduate Centre.

PhD Writing Retreat      21st May 9.15am - 4.45pm

Booking now open via Eventbrite.

This PhD 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

•             has optional 1-2-1 consultations with a facilitator to discuss individual’s work.

This is ideal for writers at all stages of their PhD 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 on the day, and you need to come with a willingness to write.

PhD Writing Retreat      7th June 9.15am - 4.45pm

Booking now open via Eventbrite

Thinking Writing is pleased to announce a single day writing retreat for PhD students. This retreat aims 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.

We welcome people who haven't attended one of our retreats before and those who are experienced retreaters.

PhD Writing Retreat      21st June 9.15am - 4.45pm

Booking now open via Eventbrite

Another whole day writing retreat to give PhD students the chance to work on their writing in a quiet atmosphere away from the distractions of campus. By the end you will have made significant progress on your chapter/paper/report and have learnt some strategies to help you in your future writing tasks.

PhD Two-Day Writing Retreat      16th & 17th July 9.15am - 4.45pm

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.

 

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 (thinkingwriting@qmul.ac.uk). 

 

If you have any questions about our events, please contact Kelly Peake or Heather Campbell