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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 retreats tend to be fully booked. However, if any single event doesn't reach half capacity, we may have to cancel it. In this event, we would refund your booking fee and aim to let you know a week in advance.

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



SOLD OUT: Thinking Writing PhD Writing Retreat (open to postdocs) — Thursday 31st January 2019

Open to PhD students and postdocs, this single day writing retreat aims to give participants 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.

This is a full-day retreat which takes place off campus and includes a vegetarian lunch and refreshments.

To book, please visit:


SOLD OUT: Thinking Writing PhD Writing Retreat — Wednesday 13th February 2019

This Writing Retreat is open to those who haven't attended one of our retreats before and experienced retreaters. In a comfortable location off campus, free from distractions, you will have the time and space to make progress on your writing. We will also spend some time discussing how you approach the task of writing and share strategies for overcoming writer's block and expressing your thesis effectively.
This is a full-day retreat which takes place off campus and includes a vegetarian lunch and refreshments.

Thinking Writing PhD Writing Retreat — Friday 22nd February 2019

An additional PhD Writing Retreat, added due to high demand. This retreat is a great opportunity to get away from campus and focus on a section of your thesis or a conference paper. The day will mostly be comprised of quiet writing time, with some discussion sessions throughout the day to reflect on how its going and sharing ideas on how to improve your writing method. There will also be opportunities for one-to-one help from the Thinking Writing facilitator.
This is a full-day retreat which takes place on campus and includes a vegetarian lunch and refreshments.



Skills Points

PhD students can accrue Skills Points for attending Thinking Writing retreats or one-to-one tutorials with the Writing and Study Guidance service. For the former, please select activity “Reading/Writing retreat” with the correct number of days (the options are half, 1 or 2 days). For the latter, please select “Learning Development 1-2-1 tutorial” from the drop-down menu for ‘Type’. If you’re unsure of how to claim these activities, there is a step-by-step guide under the Help tab on the Skills Points System website.

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