Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Writing Retreats

Information on running your own writing retreats

The aim of a writing retreat is to allow researchers to use dedicated writing time to progress any project in a supportive, non-surveillance environment. Most of the day is taken up for writing, with brief scheduled discussions to generate solutions to writing problems, develop drafts, lead to research-orientated conversations and provide feedback on writing in-progress.

The IAD run regular writing retreats as part of their core programme and these are available for booking on Myed. You may also be interested in running your own writing retreats and to help with this the IAD have produced a ‘Facilitators Guide’ to give you an idea of the structure of different retreats, the things to think about before and during the retreat and your role as facilitator.

Writing Retreat Facilitator Guide (PDF)

If you would like more information on organising/leading writing retreats, or would be interested in attending a ‘train the trainers’ day related to facilitating writing retreats please email:


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