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PhD research writing development opportunities

Mini Thesis Boot Camp 6-7 July 2017 - applications now closed

Are you ready for the challenge of mini - Thesis Boot Camp?

“A wonderful experience - I'd recommend it without reservation and would welcome it as a bi-annual event for QMUL researchers! Having shared my experiences with fellow researchers and staff in my department, many wish they had attended.” (3rd year PhD, Thesis Boot Camp, November 2015)

Introducing the QMUL mini Thesis Boot Camp (mini TBC), a no-excuses, no-time-for-procrastination, intensive writing event to get your thesis done. Dedicated solely to getting words down, this is a challenging but rewarding event designed to help you make tangible progress with your writing.

When: 6-7 July 2017 (14h00 – 20h30 on 6 July, and 09h30 – 20h00 on 7 July)

Where: Graduate Centre at QMUL Mile End campus

Who: PhD researchers who have completed a great deal of reading, research and data collection and are ready to write at least one draft chapter, and who can commit to attending the whole event

How much:         QMUL PhD researcher – £30

              Non-QMUL PhD researcher – £80

Sessions will include motivational talks, goal setting and strategies for writing quickly and well, and approximately twelve hours of concentrated writing. Facilitators will be on hand to discuss any problems and catering will be provided to ensure an encouraging, distraction-free environment.

An application form can be downloaded here: Mini Thesis Boot Camp Application Form QMUL July 2017 later application.docx

Further information about the mini TBC can be downloaded here: Thinking Writing QMUL Mini Thesis Boot Camp Information.docx 

  • Full day retreats at Eastbury Manor House - booking open below

We're pleased to announce our selection of full day retreats taking place in a picturesque National Trust property only 20 minutes from QMUL. If you need a time and space away from everyday pressures to make progress on a reading or writing project than a full day retreat is just the thing.

Throughout the retreat you will be supported by short tasks to get you started and give you direction. You’ll be in the company of your peers to share tips and advice, and facilitated by a member of the Thinking Writing team.

And all this will take place in the beautiful surroundings of Eastbury Manor House on the eastern outskirts of London. This Elizabethan building sits in tranquil gardens and feels like a world away from university life.

Each retreat will have a small charge to cover the cost of catering and venue. You may be able to use training funds from your department/funding body to pay for a retreat - ask your department administrator for further details. We don't want anyone to miss our on our events because of financial constraints, so do contact us if this is an issue for you.  

If you would like more information on retreats in general, please read our retreats section or contact Kelly Peake or Heather Campbell


4th July - Writing Retreat - booking now open

This retreat aims to give students a time and space to get away from everyday pressures, and to make progress on a writing project such as a thesis chapter(s) or conference paper. Another aim is to help you become more aware of your processes around writing and use this knowledge to help you work more productively. 

19th July - Writing Retreat - booking now open

As above.




  • Regular writing group - now in progress

We are starting writing groups structured to help regular writing and long term goal setting. In joining this group participants will set a goal for the whole semester (to finish a PhD chapter or journal article, perhaps) and will commit to coming every week for 10 weeks for the full two hour slot. The group will meet in room 3 in Mile End Library, first floor. We will offer gentle facilitation, minimal discussion, and some methods for developing writing over this time frame.  

Our current writing group is now full up, but we'll be running others. If you would like to know when the next group starts, please email us to be added to our mailing list. 


If you would like to be kept informed about future events, please contact Kelly Peake or Heather Campbell to be put onto the direct mailing list.