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 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.

Writing workshops - find out more

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)

The guide includes information and ideas around the structure of different in person retreats, the things to think about before and during the retreat and your role as facilitator. It’s a useful document for anyone thinking about running their own retreat in their School, Institute or Society.

 

Online Writing Retreats

If you are looking to run online writing retreats, here are somethings to consider:

· The Writing Retreat Facilitators Guide is still a useful reference tool for planning and running online writing retreats.

· The online platforms you could use are Blackboard Collaborate, MS Teams or Zoom.

· Make sure you send the joining link to your participants in plenty of time, a couple of days before then follow-up with a reminder the day before.

· During the planning session, encourage participants to share what they are going to be working on in the text chat.

· As facilitator, advise participants that you will manage the timings. Telling participants when to start and finish the writing slots. It’s often useful to update participants when they have 10 minutes before the end of the session, so that they can finish up on time promptly.

· It’s useful to remind participants to turn off emails/phones/distractions and focus solely on writing.

· A padlet has been created by the IAD to share achievements and writing support – please feel free to share this with your participants and add to it: Writing Padlet

· The IAD have slides, including timings, for the different writing retreats that participants are welcome to use:

o Researcher Writing Hour

o Morning Writing Retreat

o Afternoon Writing Retreat

If you would like more information on organising/leading writing retreats please email:

 

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