This session will introduce a practical strategy that can help academic writers start and develop a writing project.
Writing to prompts - in several forms - is a strategy described in two books, Writing for Academic Journals and How to Write a Thesis. At this workshop participants will be asked to try this strategy, discuss it and reflect on its potential uses in their own writings.
Rowena Murray worked in the Centre for Academic Practice at Strathclyde University for 15 years and is now Professor in Education, Director of Research University of the West of Scotland, Ayr. She supervises PhDs and runs workshops, courses and consultancies on academic writing.
Her research has been funded by the British Academy and Nuffield Foundation. She publishes books and articles on academic writing, including How to Write a Thesis and Writing for Academic Journals. She is editor of a series on higher education, beginning with The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2009) and co-authored a book on research supervision (2009).
NB this day will be followed by a Writing Retreat on Friday 20 February.
One-day Writing Retreat
Date - Friday 20 February 2015: 09.00 - 16.45
Venue - SRHE, 73 Collier St, London N1 9BE
Network - Professional Development Programme
Friday, 25 April 2014
To provide dedicated writing time and develop productive writing practices and discussions around writing-in-progress.
PhD students and active researchers.
This structured retreat uses the 'typing pool' model. Writers are all in the same room, writing in scheduled time slots, using goal-setting, peer monitoring and warm up activities to progress writing projects. Because everyone is writing in the same room, there can be brief discussions at the start and end of the day (of 10 or 15 minutes), to set goals and take stock, but almost all of this retreat time will be writing time.
Preparing for retreat
Choose a writing project to work on – e.g. journal article, thesis chapter or grant proposal. Do the necessary reading and research on journal/publisher/funder and on the topic before the retreat and arrive ready to write. The Writing for Publication workshop on the day before this retreat will introduce strategies that will help participants make best use of this retreat, but it is not a pre-requisite.
Rowena Murray will facilitate this retreat and will support participants who are new to this approach. She will suggest strategies for making this approach work and will be working on a writing project at this retreat.
For information on structured writing retreats
See Murray and Newton (2009) in the journal Higher Education Research and Development and Murray and Moore's (2006) Handbook of Academic Writing (Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill).
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