Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Writing retreats

Information on IAD writing retreats for staff, and a guide to running your own writing retreats.

What is a writing retreat?

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.

How do I find out upcoming writing retreats?

The IAD run regular writing retreats as part of their core programme and these are available for booking via the Events Booking Channel on MyEd and via our website. You can check our Writing Workshops page to see when dates are coming up.

Recognising the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19, our writing retreats have evolved into a ‘Researchers Writing Hour’ running every Thursday as a protected hour dedicated to writing from home, with peer support.

The session will include a 10-minute check-in at the start to allow you to share hints and tips (optional) and to focus on what you want to achieve in the session, there will then be a full hour dedicated to writing.

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Running a writing retreat

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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