Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

WriteFest 2018

About WriteFest2018, an academic writing month running through November 2018.

What is WriteFest?

Write Fest 2018

November is Academic Writing Month. This annual event was established as a way to support academic writing via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter.

During November 2018, 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

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  • 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 iad4researchers.wordpress.com and iad4phd.wordpress.com, 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 #AcWriFest18 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 in the Festival (February) and 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

We have at at-a-glance WriteFest 2018 calendar (PDF)

Full list of events

**Please note: not all events are open yet for booking. If you do not see a live booking link for the named date, please check back nearer the time.**

Week 0 / 1

Event Date & Time Eligibility

More details & How to book

An Introduction to Copyright and Publishing Fri 2nd Nov, 09:30 - 11:30 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Fri 2nd Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more
WriteFest Writing Retreat Mon 5th Nov, 09:30 - 16:30 Staff & research students Find out more

Writing Research Proposals

for the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Mon 5th Nov, 09:30 - 13:30 Staff (MVM) Find out more
WriteFest Writing Retreat Tues 6th Nov, 09:30 - 16:30 Staff & research students Find out more

Attracting research funding: 

writing and applying for fellowships

Tues 6th Nov, 13:30 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more
Writing research proposals CAHSS (AHRC) Weds 7th Nov, 09:30 - 13:30 Staff only Find out more
Shut up and Write Weds 7th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Staff & research students Find out more
Practical Strategies for… Writing Reflectively Weds 7th Nov, 14:00 - 16:00 Staff only Find out more
Speed Reading Thurs 8th Nov, 13:30 - 16:30 Research students only Find out more

WriteFest The Flipped Text

Thurs 8th Nov, 14:30 - 15:30 Staff & research students Find out more
Shut up and Write Fri 9th Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more

Week 2

**Please note: not all events are open yet for booking. If you do not see a live booking link for the named date, please check back nearer the time.**

Event Date & time Eligibility

More details & how to book

‘Just Write’ for Research Students Mon 12th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
‘Just Write' for research & academic staff Mon 12th Nov, 13:15 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more
WriteFest Writing Retreat  Tues 13th Nov, 09:30 - 16:30 Staff & research students Find out more
Writing for Publication Weds 14th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
Proof Reading Weds 14th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Weds 14th Nov, 10:00 - 13:00 Staff & research students Find out more
‘Just Write' for Research Students Thurs 15th Nov, 13:30 - 16:30 Research students only Find out more
Effective Writing: Grammar Fri 16th Nov, 10:00 - 16:30 Research students only Find out more
Shut up and Write Fri 16th Nov, 14:00 - 17:00 Staff & research students Find out more

Week 3

**Please note: not all events are open yet for booking. If you do not see a live booking link for the named date, please check back nearer the time.**

Event Date & Time Eligibility More details & how to book
‘Just Write’ for Research Students Mon 19th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
‘Just Write’ for research & academic staff Mon 19th Nov, 13:15 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more
‘Just Write’ Tues 20th Nov, 13:30 - 16:30 Staff & research students Find out more
‘Just Write’ GeoSciences Thurs 22nd Nov, 09:15 - 16:30 GeoSciences staff only Find out more

Searching Research Literature

and Managing Bibliographies (CAHSS)

Thurs 22nd Nov, 09:00 - 13:00 Research students only Find out more
Beating Writer's Block (CAHSS) Thurs 22nd Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
‘Just Write’ GeoSciences Fri 23rd Nov, 09:15 - 16:30 GeoSciences staff only Find out more

Week 4

**Please note: not all events are open yet for booking. If you do not see a live booking link for the named date, please check back nearer the time.**

Event Date & time Eligibility More details & how to book
WriteFest Writing Retreat with Networking Lunch Mon 26th Nov, 09:30 - 16:30 Staff & research students Find out more
Writing Abstracts Tues 27th Nov, 09:30 - 12:30 Research students only Find out more
‘Just Write’ for Research Students Weds 28th Nov, 09:30 - 13:30 Research students only Find out more
‘Just Write' for research & academic staff Fri 30th Nov, 13:15 - 16:30 Staff only Find out more
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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!

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. During November Teaching Matters will have a WriteFest blog from a PhD student – watch this space!

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

Words written: 54,619 words

Any questions?

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