Find out about WriteFest, an event held every November to celebrate academic writing. Learn the event's background and aims, see information on the sessions and achievements , and browse our downloads and resources.
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November is Academic Writing Month, an academic write-a-thon that happens every year. It's inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but caters to the specific needs of academic writers.
Originally hosted by PhD2Published, the global academic community has now taken up the annual challenge to support each other, by pledging their writing projects, recording progress and sharing thousands of writing tips via the #AcWriMo hashtag.
WriteFest (#AcWriFest22) 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, WriteFest2022 continues to evolve and this year will include The Writer’s Toolkit and Write Club, alongside the bitesize workshops, a guide to crafting your own ideal writing soundtrack and lots of curated articles about academic writing, which have become a staple of our November calendar.
This year, Sheffield researchers can attend:
- Think Ahead Writing Retreats
- Workshops such as 'Writing your first academic paper'
- Thesis writing workshops
- Webinars to help beat digital distractions
University of Sheffield researchers can view the full WriteFest programme, including how to participate in events, via this link. WriteFest Programme 2022
This year the festival will have face to face and online sessions and we hope that this means that more researchers will be able to join us and write.
We were delighted to once again be joined by partner universities. You will be able to find details of their websites and their programmes here in due course.
WriteFest aims to provide protected time and space for writing, to help you in the following areas:
Habits: To develop good writing practices and strategies
</Blocks>: To overcome blocks, and take a proactive approach.
Protect: To keep academic writing as part of the working day.
Social: To spend some time out writing with others.
In 2021 WriteFest was held mainly online, due to the local restrictions in place as a result of Covid-19. The festival was a packed four weeks of workshops and writing retreats which were well attended.
#109 people attended a writing retreat during WriteFest 2021.
#28,392 words were written by those who attended writing retreats and declared their word count.
Attendees also shared their achievements online. Take a look at WriteFest 2021 achievements.
Dr Matt Cheeseman and Dr Kay Guccione have produced seven editions of the Journal of Imaginary Research.
Originally produced from the creative pieces resulting from the Writing without discipline workshop, they now accept submissions each November from any writer who sees the value of using creative processes and writing for fun.
Print and stick or cut and paste a writer badge. Let everyone know you're busy writing!
Download your 2022 writer badge (PDF, 91KB)
Twitter photo ribbon
Show your participation in the global writing festival by adding the logo to your Twitter profile picture.
See the AcWriMo Twibbon
Stick a poster up.
Download the WriteFest 2022 poster (PDF, 324KB)
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Dr Victoria Williamson presents some expert advice on choosing a personalised soundtrack to enhance your writing.
Formerly the director of Sheffield's Music and Wellbeing Research Unit, Dr Williamson is now an independent academic, conducting research, teaching and writing about music psychology and music wellness.
AcWriVox is a playlist of videos documenting the voices of academic writers who share their writing processes, habits and spaces with us. This series aims to make the unseen practices and processes of writing more visible and less mysterious.
The one-min video linked below covers what is traditionally involved in the retreat sessions – but in 2022, you needed your internet!
Find out what a writing retreat is (one-minute video)
University of Sheffield researchers can find a full schedule of writing retreats via the staff hub.
Learning technologist and productivity guru Andy Tattersall shares tips and digital resources for writing productivity and also for avoiding digital distractions in our podcast.
Resources for supervisors
Take a look at the below resources for developing doctoral writing: