Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

WriteFest 2019

About WriteFest2019, an academic writing month running through November 2019.

What is WriteFest?

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November is Academic Writing Month. This annual event was established as a way to support academic writing via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter. Use the hashtag #AcWriFest19 to share your progress with other researchers.

During November 2019, the Institute for Academic Development will be running WriteFest, a local contribution to this academic writing month, with the aim of bringing people together to raise awareness and celebrate academic writing.

WriteFest is a collaboration with the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Exeter, Bristol, Kings College London, Keele, Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Newcastle, Derby and Adelaide.

Aims

The festival aims to provide protected time and space for writing to help you to:

Write Fest aims

During WriteFest the IAD will be running writing retreats and 'Just Write' sessions to provide you with space and time to write, along with a selection of workshops and resources to support your writing.

How to get involved

  • Book onto a workshop or writing retreat - have a look at our list to see what is running.
  • We will be regularly blogging during the festival from blogs.ed.ac.uk/iad4researchers  where we will share some experiences, promote events and courses and reflect on academic writing. It will feature a range of voices from the researcher community in The University of Edinburgh and beyond. Please do go and have a look.
  • Use the hashtag #AcWriFest19 to share your progress with other researchers, and follow @researchersated and @IAD4PhD to keep up to date with what is happening during the month.
  • Also use the Academic Writing Month hashtag #AcriWriMo to get some inspiration from Academic Writing month overall.
  • Festival of Creative Learning: You many consider running a Pop-up event as part of the Festival of Creative Learning, linked to academic writing.  Both staff and students are invited to apply to run events throughout the year as Festival Pop-up events, in order to encourage new ways of learning and teaching. There is a great deal of support to help you design and deliver your idea.

To attend a writing retreat

Choose the one(s) that suit you best (please check you are eligible to attend) and book your place.

Then, simply bring your laptop, or pen and paper along. Please arrive in plenty of time, and stay for the full session.

This 1-minute video covers what the retreat sessions will, and won't (!) involve.

What is a writing retreat? - video (YouTube)

WriteFest Programme

Full list of events

Week 0 / 1

Event Date & Time Eligibility

More details & How to book

Shut up and Write Fri 1st Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more
Writing Clinic Tues 5th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
The Flipped Text Tues 5th Nov, 14:00 - 16:00 Staff & research students Find out more

MVM Writing Research Proposals

Tues 5th Nov, 09:30 - 13:30 Staff only Find out more
CSE Writing Research Proposals Wed 6th Nov, 09:00 - 13:30 Staff only Find out more
Writing Café Wed 6th Nov, 13:30 - 16:30 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Wed 6th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Staff & research students Find out more
Effective Writing: Grammar Thurs 7th Nov, 10:00 - 16:00 Research students only Find out more
Writing a Data Management Plan for your Research (PGR) Thurs 7th Nov, 10:00 - 12:00 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Thurs 7th Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more
Speed Reading Fri 8th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
Managing a Bibliography in Endnote Fri 8th Nov, 10:00 - 12:00 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Fri 8th Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more
Writing Retreat Fri 8th Nov, 09:15 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more

Week 2

Event Date & time Eligibility

More details & how to book

Beating Writer's Block (CAHSS)                                                        Mon 11th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
'Just Write' for Research & Academic Staff Mon 11th Nov, 09:15 - 12:30 Staff only Find out more
Proof Reading Tues 12th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Wed 13th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Staff & research students Find out more
'Just Write' for Research Students Thurs 14th Nov, 13:30 - 16:30 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Thurs 14th Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more
'Just Write' for Research Student Fri 15th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
'Just Write' for Research Student Fri 15th Nov, 13:30- 16:30 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Fri 15th Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more

Week 3

Event                                         Date & Time Eligibility More details & how to book
Beating Writer's Block (SCE/MVM)                                                    Mon 18th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
Writing Retreat Mon 18th Nov, 09:15 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more
Writing Retreat Tues 19th Nov, 09:15 - 15:45 Staff only Find out more
Shut up and Write Wed 20th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Staff & research students Find out more
Is My Writing Academic enough? (SCE/MVM) Wed 20th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
AHSS Writing Research Proposals (AHRC) Thurs 21st Nov, 09:00 - 13:30 Staff only Find out more
Shut up and Write Thurs 21st Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Staff & research students Find out more
Getting Published Thurs 21st Nov, 15:00 - 17:00 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Fri 22nd Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more

Week 4

Event Date & time Eligibility More details & how to book
Writing Clinic                                                                                            Mon 25th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
Writing Retreat Mon 25th Nov, 09:15 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more
Copyright, Open Access and Publishing Tues 26th Nov, 09:30  11:30 Staff only Find out more
Academic writer - creative writer Tues 26th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
Writing Retreat Tues 26th Nov, 09:15 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more
Shut up and Write Wed 27th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Staff & research students Find out more
An Introduction to Copyright and Publishing Wed 27th Nov, 09:30 - 11:30 Research students only Find out more
Just Write for Research & Academic Staff Wed 27th Nov, 13:15 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more
Shut up and Write Thurs 28th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Staff & research students Find out more
Shut up and Write Fri 29th Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more

Resources

Writing Resources: Guides and resources on different writing topics, to give you an opportunity to focus on specific areas of your writing.

Writing Retreat Facilitators Guide (PDF): 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.  If you run a retreat during November, please let us know!

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Teaching Matters is the University of Edinburgh’s website and blog for debate about learning and teaching, for sharing ideas and approaches to teaching, and for showcasing our successes, including academic colleagues who are leading the way in delivering brilliant teaching.

Academic Writing: Resources designed to support postgraduate level academic writing skills: the eWriting online course, Writing a First Year Report independent study course, and Writing Up Qualitative Research independent study course.

WriteFest Stats

WriteFest 2019 Words written so far: 42, 757 words

Any questions?

Please contact us at: iad.researchers@ed.ac.uk