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PhD research writing development opportunities

Upcoming Events

Throughout the year we hold many different events for PhD students and staff. This page will be updated as and when these events are available to book. 

If you would like more information on how our events run, what to expect and how to prepare, take a look at our 'What is a Thinking Writing retreat like.docx' document.

Our retreats section also has further information on the thinking behind our events and what to consider if you're planning your own retreat.

Our events are open to QMUL and non-QMUL PhD students and staff from any discipline.

Writing Retreat for First Timers 19th October - fully booked

If you've never been to a Thinking Writing retreat before, this one is for you. As well as spending time getting some writing done, there'll be group discussion tackling topics such as procrastination, getting started, dealing with distraction and motivation. 

Staff Writing Retreats 6th and/or 7th November - fully booked

Thinking Writing is pleased to announce two writing retreats for staff during reading week. This is an ideal opportunity to devote a whole day or two days to making progress on a conference paper/article/book chapter/HEA application while teaching has paused. You’ll also have the chance to spend some time with colleagues discussing the pleasures and challenges of writing, and getting and giving feedback. These retreats will be held off campus but close to QMUL, in a quiet location in Bethnal Green.

You may choose to attend either on the 6th or on the 7th, or on both days.

Thesis Boot Camp - 10th-12th November - Applications now closed

Drop and give me 20,000 words!

  • Are you a PhD researcher struggling with the writing-up battle?
  • Do you put off writing tasks with creative procrastination?
  • Are you finding the writing-up journey isolating and exhausting? 

If so, Thesis Boot Camp is for you! 

Taking place over the weekend of 10th-12th November, Thesis Boot Camp recruits will battle through researcher blues, writer’s block and thesis fatigue to achieve significant progress on their manuscript. This intensive event is not for the faint-hearted!

Dedicated solely to getting words down on paper (or a computer screen), this program is designed to help students get over that final hurdle, or to kick-start their writing progress if it has stalled.

Introductory sessions will include motivational talks, goal setting and strategies for writing quickly and well. Support staff will be on hand and catering will be provided to ensure an encouraging, distraction-free environment. Attendees will be required to complete pre-program planning activities and to commit to their own tangible aims for the weekend, such as completing a thesis chapter draft or similar. 

For more information on Thesis Boot Camp download this document: Thesis Boot Camp Information - Nov 2017.docx

If you have any questions about our events, please contact Kelly Peake or Heather Campbell