This writing retreat is for technē students in the second year of their PhD (or third/fourth years of part-time study).
This two-day retreat is for any Y2 PhD student
currently working towards a PhD stage (e.g. an upgrade, or submitting chapters),
when writing can feel stressful and lonely. You must be able to attend both days.
Day 1 comprises activities designed to:
air and share writing issues
explore and overcome common writing
stimulate creativity and help regain
impetus and perspective
Day 2 will be timed writing sessions to make progress on your work, plus
Katie Grant co-created the Advancing
Academic Writing skills website for the University of Glasgow, where she was
the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow for three years, helping undergraduates,
Masters and PhD students with their writing. A columnist, occasional
broadcaster, author of ten novels (Sedition, her latest, is published by
Virago), on the panel of judges for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical
Fiction, an occasional book reviewer for, amongst other publications, the New York Times and a Fellow of the
Higher Education Academy, she runs writing workshops on improving the quality,
reach and impact of academic writing for all levels of HE. Long experience of
the practical, emotional and organisational challenges of writing for deadlines
and for different audiences informs all her workshops. She understands from
first-hand the value of getting writing done and getting it done well.
Anne Wilson has a background in
journalism (features) and corporate communication (scripts, speeches, screen
media copy), combining her writing with facilitating writing workshops in HE. A
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at
Brunel University for three years, and now runs workshops on academic writing
and professional communication for postgraduates and staff at Brunel and other
universities. She also coaches students for the 3MT competition (won by Brunel
in 2017). She has collaborated with the Brunel Occupational Therapy department
to investigate what kind of feedback helps students to improve their academic
writing and is currently running staff and student workshops on managing
feelings about feedback.