PhD research writing development opportunities
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 for first timers – 9th March
Participation involves preparation – you will need to have done thinking and reading beforehand as you will have little access to on the day, and you need to come with a willingness to write.
Managing the Reading for your Thesis Workshop (half day) – 23rd March (9:30 am - 12:00 pm)
Thesis Boot Camp – 20th-22nd April
Please note: due to the ongoing industrial action, we may be able to respond to your enquiries about Thesis Boot Camp until after applications close on Friday 16th March. We will respond to any enquiries after the current schedule of industrial action ends on 21st March.
Drop and give me 20,000 words!
- Are you a PhD researcher struggling with the writing battle?
- Do you put off writing tasks with creative procrastination?
- Are you finding the writing journey isolating and exhausting?
Thinking Writing has just what you need – the QMUL Thesis Boot Camp! Dedicated solely to getting words down on paper (or a computer screen), this program is designed to help doctoral students get over that final hurdle, or to kick-start their writing if it has stalled. The goal for this weekend is to help you generate words, and make progress on your thesis.
Sign up to join other PhD researchers in a no-excuses, no-time-for-procrastination, intensive writing weekend. Not for the faint hearted, Thesis Boot Camp recruits will battle through PhD blues, writer’s block and thesis fatigue to achieve significant progress on their manuscript.
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.
Are you up for the challenge?
Thesis Boot Camp is aimed at mid-late stage PhD researchers. Applications will open on Friday 23rd February and will close at 17:00 on Friday 16th March.
PhD Writing retreat – 1st May
PhD Reviewing and Editing Workshop and Retreat – 15th May
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have any questions about our events, please contact Kelly Peake or Jack Gain.