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    Writing Your First Paper (1.5-Day Workshop + Retreat, Online)
    Provider   SBS Faculty

    This workshop covers strategies for writing for journals. Day 1 is a Workshop and Day 2 is a Retreat.

Duration 2 sessions

Course Type Series

Booking Status Waiting List

Is this course right for me?

Target Audience: SBS Staff & PGRs

This workshop will be suitable for staff who are early in their writing career and later stage doctoral students who would benefit from relevant support and guidance on writing journal articles. It will be a variant of the standard writing workshop and retreat series.


Day 1 Writing Workshop – 10.00am-3.00pm

This workshop covers strategies for academic writing: writing to prompts, types of prompt for academic writing, ‘snack’ writing, goal-setting for writing, freewriting, generative writing, analysing academic writing, criteria, drafting and revising an abstract or summary, constructing a ‘contribution’ argument, using prompts in series, outlining, writing groups, micro-groups and retreats. Many of these can be used in preparing for a concentrated spell of writing at a writing retreat.

This is a practical workshop. The aim of the writing activities in this workshop is to let you try these strategies and consider how/if/where they can fit in your writing practice. We also discuss how they can be used for writing articles. They also let you start/work on your writing project during the workshop.

For more details on these writing strategies and others, see
Murray, R. (2019) Writing for Academic Journals, 4th edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill.
Murray, R. (2017) How to Write a Thesis, 4th edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill.


Day 2 Writing Retreat – 10.00am-1.00pm

This retreat aims to provide dedicated writing time and develop productive writing practices.

This structured retreat uses the ‘typing pool’ model. We all write at the same time, for fixed time slots, using goal-setting and peer and self-monitoring for our individual writing projects. Because we all write together, we can discuss our goals at the start and end of the day (10-15 minutes). Almost all the retreat time is writing time.

As well as progressing writing projects, the retreat will introduce participants to the Structured Writing Retreat model, provide insight into structuring a writing day and maintaining well-being during intensive periods of writing.

*Please note that a £50 charge to the department will be incurred for no-shows. 

What should you bring?

Your laptop, or pen and paper if you prefer, or both.

 Who will lead the course?

Professor Rowena Murray. Rowena is a highly respected facilitator of writing retreats and courses for academic writers. Her research focuses on academic writing, the subject of her books – How to Write a ThesisWriting for Academic JournalsThe Handbook of Academic Writing (co-authored with Sarah Moore) and Writing in Social Spaces – and articles in Higher Education journals. 

Delivered By: SBS Faculty