Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

WriteFest 2020

About WriteFest 2020, an academic writing month that previously ran 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 #AcWriFest20 to share your progress with other researchers.

During November 2020, 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 writing retreats and 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. 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 #AcWriFest20 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)

The following events have been organised by the University of Liverpool but are open to all researchers:

WriteFest20 Coffee is a chance to catch up with fellow writers, to share challenges and solutions, and to talk about all aspects of academic writing. These sessions are open and informal chats, open to all academic writers from PGRs to Professors from across a variety of universities. Brew yourself a cup of coffee/tea or other beverage of choice and join us for a chat and a chance to share experiences, challenges, and ideas for writing.

Week 1 Theme: Getting your writing started

In this first WriteFest20 Coffee session we will talk about how to get your writing started. Do you have a paper or chapter you’ve been putting off for too long? Have you been too busy with other tasks to think about writing for a while? Have you faced writer’s block and struggle to make progress? Come and join us for a chat – together we can find strategies for getting started and keeping up the writing momentum.

Mon 2nd Nov 3-4pm WriteFest Coffee: getting your writing started – Register here

In preparation for this session, you might want to take a look at this #ResDevInYourPJs video where Eli, Angela, and Saneeya talk about academic writing, writing retreats, and WriteFest.

Week 2 Theme: Expanding your horizons

Academic writing can be seen as entering into an academic conversation, but who are we having that conversation with? Who’s research are you reading and how does that reading influence your own research direction. Join us for this informal afternoon coffee break to talk about how and why we should be expanding our reading lists to also improve our writing.

Monday 9th Nov 3-4pm WriteFest Coffee: diversity in research- expanding your reading horizons -Register here

In preparation for this session, you might want to take a look at this video where Lara Boroditsky talks about how the languages we speak shape the ways we think: https://youtu.be/iGuuHwbuQOg

Week 3 Theme: Supporting others on their writing journey

Writing can often be a very lonely experience. It is just you and your computer screen. And yet, writing is also inherently social – you are writing for other people to read. So how can we best support each other on this writing journey? Who do you draw on for support? What kind of support do you find most helpful? Come and join us for a chat and share your experiences of developing at a writer.

Monday 16th Nov 3-4pm WriteFest Coffee: supporting others writing – Register here

In preparation for this session, you might want to take a look at this talk by Helen Sword where she discusses Stylish Academic Writing and how to engage the reader in your writing https://youtu.be/nQsRvAVSVeM

Week 4 Theme: Keep going by getting creative

After nearly a month of focusing on academic writing, and building that writing practice, why not branch our and try something new? We often think of academic writing as technical, difficult, aimed at a specialist audience. But there are many reasons why you may want to communicate your research to a much wider audience. In this final WriteFest Coffee, we are joined by Andrew and Sam to talk about creative ways to share your research ideas.

Monday 23rd Nov 3-4pm WriteFest Coffee: getting creative with your writing- Register here

You might also want to listen to a recorded talk by the webinar facilitator Dr. Sam Solnick, co-director of the Literature and Science Hub: Exploring and Sharing Research Through Poetry

WriteFest Stats

WriteFest 2020 Words written so far: 41175 words

2019 word count: 46,860

Any questions?

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