Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

WriteFest 2021

About WriteFest 2021, an academic writing month that has run for the last three years.

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 #AcWriFest21 to share your progress with other researchers.

During November 2021, the Institute for Academic Development run's 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 morning and afternoon Writing Retreats and Researcher Writing Hour 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 session - 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. 
  • Use the hashtag #AcWriFest21 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.

To attend a writing retreat

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

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

Beating Writers Block (CSCE/CMVM) 02 November 2020 (09.30am - 12:30pm) PGR More details
Finding Academic Literature (CSCE) 03 November 2020 (2:10pm - 3:00pm) PGR More details
Researcher Writing Hour 03 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am) PGR and RS More details
Writing Clinic 04 November 2020 (09:30am - 12:30pm) PGR More details
Effective Writing: Grammar 05 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:00am) PGR More details
Researcher Writing Hour 05 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am) PGR and RS More details

Week 2

Event Date & time Eligibility

More details & how to book

Writing Well: Language and Style 09 November 2020 (09:30am - 12:30pm) PGR More details
Researcher Writing Hour 10 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am) PGR & RS More details
Writing for Publication 11 November 2020 (09:30am - 12:30pm) PGR More details
Writing Retreat 11 November 2020 (09:30am - 11:30am & 1:30pm - 3:30pm) PGR & RS More details
Researcher Writing Hour 12 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am) PGR & RS More details

Week 3

Event                                         Date & Time Eligibility More details & how to book
Academic Writer - Creative Writer 16 November 2020 (09:30am - 12:30pm) PGR More details
Writing Retreat 16 November 2020 (09:30am - 11:30am & 1:30pm - 3:30pm) PGR & RS More details
Researcher Writing Hour 17 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am) PGR & RS More details
Researcher Writing Hour 19 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am) PGR & RS More details

Week 4

Event Date & time Eligibility More details & how to book
Writing for Publication 23 November 2020 (09:30am - 12:30pm) PGR More details
Collaborative Writing and Publishing 24 November 2020 (09:30am - 12:30pm) PGR & RS More details
Researcher Writing Hour 24 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am) PGR & RS More details
Writing Well: Language and Style 25 November 2020 (09:30am - 12:30pm) PGR More details
How to Peer-Review Manuscripts for Journals (AHSS) 25 November 2020 (1:30pm - 3:30pm) RS More details
Researcher Writing Hour 26 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am) PGR & RS More details
Writing Retreat 27 November 2020 (09:30am - 11:30am & 1:30pm - 3:30pm) PGR & RS More details

Week 5

Event   Date & time                        Eligibility More details & how to book
Researcher Writing Hour             30 November 2020 (10:00am - 11:15am)     PGR & RS        More details                 
Writing Abstracts 30 November 2020 (09:30am - 12:30pm) PGR More details

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.

English Language Education: English Language Education (ELE) offers workshops and one-to-one academic writing tutorials for all postgraduate students (PGT and PGR)

 

WriteFest Stats

WriteFest 2020 total word count: 51,284 

2019 word count: 46,860

Any questions?

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