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Year 3 Online Writing Retreat Getting it done; getting it done well
Running on Zoom from 10am to 3.30pm on 23rd & 24th March and 20th April 2022.
Writing up, whether during a pandemic or not, can be an isolating experience, and sharing challenges with those at the same stage can energise and motivate. Days 1 and 2 of this three-day retreat (days 1 and 2 consecutive, day 3 a month later) offer timed, goal-oriented writing sessions, with one-to-ones kicking off a month-long, self-directed writing achievement programme. Researchers set specific goals for their writing, both productivity and skills. The goals are reviewed during one-to-ones on Day 3 when we come back together in a mutually supportive space to reinforce techniques and boost the momentum and confidence needed to push through to submission.
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. 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 recently collaborated with the Brunel Occupational Therapy department to investigate what kind of feedback helps students to improve their academic writing.
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), chair of the judges for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and an occasional book reviewer for, amongst other publications, the New York Times, 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.