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November is Academic Writing Month, an academic write-a-thon that happens every November, inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but catering to the specific needs of academic writers. It’s hosted by PhD2Published, as an online space where the global academic community can pledge their writing projects, record progress, and share thousands of writing tips via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter.

WriteFest (#AcWriFest16) is our local University of Sheffield contribution, and will bring together people from across the university to recognise and celebrate writing. Drawing on the format of the very popular academic writing retreats, WriteFest has some added bitesize workshops, a guide to crafting your own ideal writing soundtrack, and a creative writing element. We encourage all academics, research staff, and research students to join in the write-a-thon.* The festival aims to provide protected time and space for writing to help you to:


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playlistDr Victoria Williamson, Director of our Music & Wellbeing Research Unit, presents some expert advice on choosing a personalised soundtrack to enhance your writing.

Week 1. Motto: Kick Start
Retreat 1 -- Med School Seminar Room 6 3rd -- 9.20-11.30 BOOK HERE
Week 2. Motto: Double or Quits
Retreat 2 -- Jessop Seminar Room 116 8th -- 14.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
Retreat 3 -- Hicks F24 10th -- 9.20 – 11.30 BOOK HERE
Workshop 1 -- Writing Without Discipline
11th -- 9.30-11.30 BOOK HERE
Week 3. Motto: Little and Often
Retreat 4 -- Pam Liversage DS06 15th -- 9.20-11.30 BOOK HERE
Workshop 2 -- Get Your Thesis Off Your Back 15th -- 14.30-16.30 BOOK HERE
Workshop 3 -- Beating Digital Distractions
17th -- 9.30-11.30 BOOK HERE
Retreat 5 -- Dental School Seminar Room 2 17th -- 14.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
Retreat 6 -- Geography D3C 18th -- 14.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
Week 4. Motto: Big Finish
Retreat 7 -- Portobello B51a 23rd -- 14.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
J of Imaginary Research -- Pam Liversage DS06 24th -- 13.30-15.30 DROP IN
Workshop 4 -- Writing Productivity Hacks
25th -- 9.30-11.30 BOOK HERE
Retreat 8 -- Pam Liversage DS06 26th -- 9.20-11.30 BOOK HERE


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* To attend a writing retreat. Choose the ones(s) that sit you best and book your place. Then, simply bring your laptop, or pen and paper along. This 1 min video covers what the retreat sessions will, and won't (!) involve. And all we ask is that you please arrive in plenty of time, and stay for the full session.


Dr Matt Cheeseman (Editor of Route 57) & Dr Kay Guccione have produced the second edition of the Journal of Imaginary Research. A journal of creative pieces resulting from the workshop - Writing Without Discipline. 




Learning technologist and productivity guru Andy Tattersall shares tips and digital resources for writing productivity and also for avoiding digital distractions, in two bitesized workshops.


Dr Kay Guccione, designer of the Thesis Mentoring programme, shares some research intelligence on why thesis writers get stuck, and what works to unstick yourself!


WriteFest designer: Kay Guccione WriteFest team: Lucy Lee, Andy Tattersall, Matt Cheeseman, Vicky Williamson.