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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 from any discipline.


PhD Writing Retreat – 9:15 am – 4:45 pm, Tuesday 5th June 2018

Get away from university for a day and join us for a writing retreat in a quiet location off campus. This one day retreat will help you become more aware of your writing processes and to work more productively. This writing retreat is a whole day event held off-campus which:
•             gives participants a chance to work on their writing in a supportive atmosphere,
•             offers strategies to help with problems around writing research and increase productivity, and
•             has optional 1-2-1 consultations with a facilitator to discuss individual’s work
This is ideal for writers at all stages of their research, from those who are getting started to those who are panicking about finishing. Participation involves preparation – you will need to have done thinking and reading beforehand as you will have little access to literature on the day, and you need to come with a willingness to write.
£15 for QMUL PhD students; £30 for PhD students from other institutions. Places are limited, so book soon!

To register, please email with…

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your institution
  • Your department
  • The title of what you’ll be working on, and
  • Any dietary requirements.

And we will send you a link to make your payment next week.

Writing Group

If you like the company of others when you write, you may want to sign up for our Writing Group - a group of PhD students who meet regularly in our rooms in the Mile End Library to sit down and write together. The group is non-facilitated, so no staff are present and it is up to participants how the sessions are run. If you would like to know more and/or sign up, email us ( 


If you have any questions about our events, please contact Kelly Peake or Jack Gain