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 (#AcWriFest17) 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:


MORE? Read the Think Ahead blog posts on writing ++ Check back soon to see our wall of video clips of researchers and academics talking about their writing ++ Further supervisor resources for developing doctoral writing here: workshop on supervising stuck writers, posts about writing on the Supervisor Blog, supervisor online workshop resources, recommended: Kamler & Thomson's (2006) book Helping Doctoral Students Write. 301 Skills Centre workshops on Academic Writing Overview (intro level) and Proofreading Your Own Work

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: Pen to Paper
Retreat 1 -- Firth Court Council Room 1st -- 9.20-11.30 BOOK HERE
Raising the Standard: how to write a 4* paper (Engineering) 1st -- 13.00-16.00 BOOK HERE
Writing an Effective CV 1st -- 15.00-17.00 BOOK HERE
Beating Digital Distractions 2nd -- 10.00-11.30 BOOK HERE
Retreat 2 -- Portobello B57c 2nd -- 13.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
Women@TUOS Writing Club
all women welcome every Friday
3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
-- 9.00-17.00
Writing Without Discipline 3rd -- 10.00-11.30 BOOK HERE
How to Write a Successful Grant Application 3rd -- 10.00-16.00 BOOK HERE
Week 2. Motto: Page Turner
Retreat 3 -- Hicks F24 6th -- 13.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
CV and LinkedIn Profile Writing Retreat 8th -- 11.00-13.30 PGRs HERE
Get Your Thesis Off Your Back 9th -- 10.00-11.30 BOOK HERE
Retreat 4 -- Hicks K14 10th -- 13.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
Week 3. Motto: I write therefore I am
Get Your Thesis Off Your Back 13th -- 10.00-11.30 BOOK HERE
Writing a Journal Article and Getting it Published 14th & 21st -- 9.00-17.00 BOOK HERE
Retreat 5 -- Hicks Lecture Theatre B 15th -- 9.20-12.30 BOOK HERE
Writing Productivity Hacks 16th -- 10.00-11.30 BOOK HERE
Retreat 6 -- Diamond Lecture Theatre 7 16th -- 13.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
Week 4. Motto: Keyboard Warriors
Supervising Doctoral Writing 22nd -- 10.00-11.00 BOOK HERE
Grant Writing Workshop (Engineering) 22nd -- 13.00-15.30 BOOK HERE
J of Imaginary Research feedback -- Hicks K14 22nd -- 15.00-17.00 DROP IN
Retreat 7 -- Med School Seminar Room 9
co-hosted with MPGS
23rd -- 9.20-12.30 BOOK HERE
Writing Application Forms & Personal Statements 23rd -- 15.00-17.00 BOOK HERE
Retreat 8 -- Hicks K14 24th -- 13.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
Week 5. Motto: Writing Habit level unlocked!
Retreat 9 -- Med School Seminar Room 9
co-hosted with MPGS
27th -- 9.20-12.30 BOOK HERE
Retreat 10 -- Richard Roberts SR B79 29th -- 13.20-16.30 BOOK HERE
Arts & Humanities Writing Retreat --
PGRs, post-docs and academic staff
from Arts & Humanities all welcome
30th -- 9.30-13.00 and 14.00-17.00 BOOK HERE


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* To attend a writing retreat. Choose the ones(s) that suit 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 two editions of the Journal of Imaginary Research. A thirs issue of the journal will be produced from the creative pieces resulting from the 2017 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!


Dr David Hyatt, Senior University Teacher and researcher in Doctoral Education, shares his wealth of expereince of supervision practices that develop students' confidence with academic writing.


WriteFest designer: Kay Guccione WriteFest team: Lucy Lee, Andy Tattersall, Matt Cheeseman, David Hyatt, Think Ahead, Devon Smith / Medical Postgrad Society (MPGS), Women@TUOS writing club, Arts & Humanities Writing Club, Vicky Williamson, The Careers Service, 301 Skills Centre