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13 Jul 2020


10:00 am - 1:30 pm

SMP Online Writing Workshops – Summer school

This series of online writing workshops has been organised by the Sustainable Growth, Management and Economic Productivity (SMP) Pathway and is open to both ESRC funded and non-ESRC funded PGR students across the 7 WRDTP partner universities.

Structured Writing Workshops are facilitated writing sessions. The aim of the retreats are to progress writing projects in a supportive environment. Most of the time will be used for writing, with everyone writing, including the facilitator. Breaks often generate solutions to writing problems, develop drafts, lead to research-oriented conversations and provide feedback on writing-in-progress.

Please ensure that you arrive in good time to register and set-up as the retreat follows strict timings in order to maximise the opportunity for writing time. The half-day workshops will be facilitated by Jo Garrick, the NARTI Network Manager and Research Administrator based in Leeds University Business School.

Writing workshops works best when you:

  • Focus exclusively on writing.
  • Agree not to use internet in the writing room.
  • Define specific goals and sub-goals, i.e. sections of paper/chapter, number of words.
  • Define and discuss content and structure for writing sub-goals.
  • Take stock of your achievements of these goals throughout the programme.
  • Discuss your writing-in-progress –> mutual peer support.

Planning your writing session:

  • Decide on a writing project or projects.
  • Read Murray R. & Newton M. (2009) Writing retreat as structured intervention: Margin or mainstream? Higher Education Research and Development, 28(5): 527-39.
  • Review the retreat programme: plan your writing tasks for each timeslot.
  • Do reading and other preparation before retreat.
  • Get notes, plans, outlines etc. together. Outline the structure of your paper/chapter.
  • Download anything you need before you go, e.g. journal’s instructions for authors.

This training session will be delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. The link to each workshop will be sent to students who book on via the booking form below. Please note that you will need to sign up to each date you wish to attend separately.

Registration links

Additional reading you may find useful

Brennan, Niamh M. 2019. “100 Research Rules of the Game: How to Make Your Research World Class; How to Successfully Publish in Top International Refereed Journals.” Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 32 (2): 691–706.

Murray, R (2012) It’s not a hobby: Reconceptualizing the place of writing in academic work, Higher
Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10734-012-9591-7.

MacLeod I, Steckley L & Murray R (2011) Time is not enough: Promoting strategic engagement with writing for publication, Studies in Higher Education, 37(5): 641-54.

Moore S, Murphy M & Murray R (2010) Increasing academic output and supporting equality of career opportunity in universities: Can writers’ retreats play a role?, Journal of Faculty Development, 24(3): 21-30.

Murray R (2011) Developing a community of research practice, British Educational Research Journal, 38(5): 783-800.

Murray R & Newton M (2009) Writing retreat as structured intervention: Margin or mainstream?,
Higher Education Research and Development, 28(5): 527-39.

Hourly Schedule

Programme (repeated at each workshop)

10:00am - 10:15am
Introductions and goal-setting
10:15am - 10:30am
Freewriting and warm-up
10:30am - 11:30am
Focused writing
11:30am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Focused writing
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Feedback and goal-setting