How to prepare

Retreat works best, when you:

  • Focus exclusively on writing
  • Agree not to use internet in the writing room
  • Have specific goals, i.e. sections of paper or chapter, in terms of 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

Before you go to retreat

  • Decide on a writing project
  • Read Murray and Newton (2009) article on structured writing retreats
  • Review the retreat programme: plan writing tasks for timeslots in each day
  • Do reading and other preparation
  • Get notes, plans, outlines etc. together
  • Outline the structure of your paper/chapter
  • Download what you need, as wifi is intermittent in the room where we write
  • Email or about dietary/other requirements

Arrive at the venue around 4/4.30pm for 5pm meeting for

Introductions, laptop set up, 5-minute writing warm up, goal setting discussion + 1 hour of writing.