Writing Retreats and Courses for Academic Writers


Explores the idea of using a range of approaches to help postgraduate students develop academic writing skills and strategies, so they can complete their theses on time and publish during the doctorate.

A practical workshop, involving writing activities and discussions. Covers writing to prompts, analysing academic writing, strategies for generating text, outlining, social writing, making time to write, constructing a ‘contribution’ argument, writing a 750-word thesis summary and building a repertoire of strategies for thesis writing (also relevant for journal article writing).

For further information:
Murray, R (2017) How to Write a Thesis, 4th edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill.

A practical workshop, involving writing activities, discussion and time to think about how to use them to write for publication. Includes targeting journals, analysing published articles, freewriting, generative writing, detailed outlining, writing abstracts, dealing with peer review, making time to write and writing groups and retreats.

Learning objectives:

  • Practise a range of writing strategies
  • Target a specific journal
  • Sharpen focus for an article
  • Start writing and develop an article or other writing project

For further information on this topic, see Murray, R (2019) Writing for Academic Journals, 4th edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press-McGraw-Hill.