Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

WriteFest 2022

About WriteFest 2022, an academic writing month that has run for the last three years.

What is WriteFest?

WriteFest 2021 Logo

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 #AcWriFest22 to share your progress with other researchers.

During November 2022, the Institute for Academic Development run 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 #AcWriFest22 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.  Note:  If you are having trouble booking onto multiple writing retreats, please contact iad.researchers@ed.a.uk and we can register a place on your behalf.

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

What is a writing retreat? - video (YouTube)

 

WEEK 1 | Theme: Planning (project | Goals | Practice | habit)
WEEK 2 | Theme: Habit (regular | ritual | stop on a high | leave notes)
WEEK 3 | Theme: Challenges (empty page / writers' block)
CV Briefing: Academic CV's (Staff Only) 14th November 2022 (10.00 - 11.30) Online Staff Booking Link N/A
Afternoon Writing Retreat 15th November 2022 (13.30 - 15.30) Online Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
Researcher Writing Hour 16th November 2022 (10.00 - 11.15) Online Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
Writing Clinic (PGR Only) 18th November 2022 (1-1 appointments between 09.30 - 12.30) Online N/A Student Booking Link
Researcher Writing Hour 18th November 2022 (10.00 - 11.15) Online Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
CV Briefing: Non Academic CV's (Staff Only) 18th November 2022 (10.00 - 11.30) Online Staff Booking Link N/A
WEEK 4 | Theme: Social Aspect of Writing
Writing a Literature Review (CSCE/CMVM) (PGR Only) 21st November 2022 (09.30 - 12.30) Online N/A Student Booking Link
Afternoon Writing Retreat 21st November 2022 (13.30 - 15.30) Online Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
Writing for Publication (PGR Only) 22nd November 2022 Online N/A Student Booking Link
Researcher Writing Hour 22nd November 2022 (10.00 - 11.15) Online Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
Collaborative Writing and Publishing (PGR Ony) 23rd November 2022 (09.30 - 12.30) On Campus N/A Student Booking Link
Writers Clinic (Staff Only) 23rd November 2022 ( 1-1 appointments between 09.30 - 12.30) Online Staff Booking Link N/A
Afternoon Writing Retreat 23rd November 2022 (13.30 - 16.30) On Campus Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
Morning Writing Retreat 25th November 2022 (09.30 - 12.30) On Campus Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
WEEK 5 | Theme: Keep it up (practice | write with others | congratulate each other)        
Morning Writing Retreat 28th November 2022 (09.30 - 11.30) Online Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
Writing Well: Language and Style (PGR Only) 28th November 2022 (09.30 - 12.30) Online N/A Student Booking Link
This is what I do.... and this is why it matters (PGR only) 29th November 2022 (09.30 - 12.30pm) On Campus N/A Student Booking Link
Afternoon Writing Retreat 29th November 2022 (13.30 - 15.30) Online Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link
Afternoon Writing Retreat 30th November 2022 (13.30 - 16.30) On Campus Staff Booking Link Student Booking Link

*Themes are reflected in our daily tweets 

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!

WriteFest 2021 Writer Logo

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)

 

A summary of Writefest 2021 (PDF)

WriteFest Stats

2022 word count end of Week 4: 9,244

WriteFest 2021 total Word Count: 29,734

WriteFest 2020 total word count: 51,284 

Writefest 2019 total word count: 46,860

Any questions?

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