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November is Academic Writing Month, an academic write-a-thon that happens every year, inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but catering 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 to pledge their writing projects, record progress, and share thousands of writing tips via the #AcWriMo hashtag.

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Fest (#AcWriFest19) 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 2019 continues to evolve and this year includes writing bootcamps 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. We encourage all academics, research staff, and research students to join us and write. 

We are delighted to once again be joined by 11 partner universities! Exeter, Bristol, Manchester, Kings College London, Keele, Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Derby, and Adelaide!

The festival aims to provide protected time and space for writing to help you to:

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MORE? Read the Think Ahead blog posts on writing. Further supervisor resources for developing doctoral writing here: posts about writing on the Supervisor Blog, supervisor online workshop resources, recommended: Kamler & Thomson's (2006) book Helping Doctoral Students Write.

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: The hardest part is getting started
Writing Without Discipline workshop. The workshop will provide a framework for understanding how writing is constructed, discuss tools you can use to approach your writing and help you to think creatively about your writing habits.
Room: Portobello, B51
4th
11:30-13:30
BOOK HERE
Elevate: HEA Fellowship Writing Retreat (all categories) Write On Workshop. Designed for those who have registered for the LTPRS Personal Pathway and wish to spend some dedicated time working on their application.  Please note: We recommend you attend the 'Developing your Personal Pathway Application' workshop before coming to a 'Write On' session.
Room: The Diamond, Computer Room 4
4th
13:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Retreat 1 -- Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. This 1 min video covers what the retreat sessions will, and won't involve. Please arrive in plenty of time, and stay for the full session.
Room: Firth Court, Pool Computer Room
5th
9:00-12:30
BOOK HERE
Writing a Journal Article and Getting it Published -- REQUIREMENT: You do need to have all the data ready to go to write a paper during the workshop. This course is NOT suitable for those who have yet to decide on what to write about.  You must be available to attend both days of this workshop.
Rooms:
6th: Medical School, Heritage Room (B Floor)
13th: Hicks, F38
6th & 13th
9:15 - 16:30
FULL: JOIN WAITING LIST HERE
Academic Writing Toolkit -- Aims to provide an overview of the common mistakes often encountered in academic writing and the tools that can help you improve your own writing.
++Same event run twice++
6th
13:00-17:00

7th
9:00-13:00
BOTH DATES SOLD OUT. EMAIL EUNICE LAWTON TO REGISTER ON WAITING LIST
The 301 Writing Club -- after-work writing club for undergraduates, Masters, Postgraduate and Early-Career Researchers.
Run by 301 Acacademic Skills Centre. Or join use via Twitter #301writingclub from @301tutors.
6th
16:15-18:00
BOOK HERE
Copyright and open access: Your thesis and beyond -- What is copyright, and how does it affect you as a researcher? Come along to this workshop to find out how you can reuse material fairly and legally in your writing - and how copyright protects works that you produce. Discover how the Library is advancing efforts in open access publishing to make your research available to the widest possible audience.
Suitable for all researchers who are thinking about ways to disseminate their research.

Room: Diamond Building, Workroom 3
7th
14:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Retreat 2 -- Community writing space -- please bring some writing to do.
Room: Firth Court Council Room
8th
9:00-12:30
BOOK HERE
Writing Club: Combined Women@TUoSNETwork/St Georges
Open to all female researchers
Room: Bartolome House, EG03
8th
13:00-17:00
BOOK HERE
Week 2. Motto: The hardest part is staying started
Bootcamp 1 -- This extended retreat uses the pomodoro technique to break up the day into manageable 25 minute writing chunks. Please bring some writing to do.
Room: IC Computer Room 4.02
11th
10:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Retreat 3 -- Community writing space -- please bring some writing to do
Room: Jessop Building, Seminar Room 215
12th
9:00-12:30
BOOK HERE
WriteFest: Designing a communications plan for research
Have you ever wondered how you can be strategic in communicating your research across different mediums? Whether you are just starting our, mid-way through your research, or have reached your conclusions, it's never too late to start communicating your research and exploring what is available to you.
Room: Pam Liversidge Building, D05
13th
10:00-13:00
BOOK HERE
Predatory Publishing: Swimming with Sharks
Publishing your work can be one of the most satisfying and fulfilling academic activities. Unfortunately unscrupulous publishers are out there waiting for you to dip your toe in the water! This interactive workshop will identify some of the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them so that you can safely contribute to the academic food chain without falling victim to it.
Adopting an integrated and strategic plan online and offline will help generate momentum. in turn, this will increase your chance of reaching the audience who can benefit the most from your work. The aim of this workshop is to help you think about the options available to you and to help you start a communication plan that suits your research aims and objectives.
Room: The Diamond, Workroom 1
13th
11:00-12:00
BOOK HERE
WriteFest: Solving your writing problems with clear ideas
The CLEAR IDEAS method of innovative problem-solving has been used by many individuals, groups and organisations to become more creative in dealing with the complex issues affecting them. In this workshop led by the inventor of CLEAR IDEAS, participants will collaboratively learn a range of creative thinking principles and techniques which they can apply to generate more personalised and productive, writing strategies.
Room: 9 Mappin Street, G14
13th
13:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
The 301 Writing Club -- after-work writing club for undergraduates, Masters, Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers.
Run by 301 Academic Skills Centre. Or join us via Twitter #301writingclub from @301tutors
13th
16:15-18:00
BOOK HERE
Tabulating and displaying data for research -- The purpose of this workshop is to introduce the principles of good design and layout to the presentation of data, as an aid to better understanding.  It is hoped that by the end of the workshop participants will have a greater understanding of the methods available for displaying data and the tools to display data appropriately and clearly, through the use of both graphs and tables.
Workshop delivered by MASH
Room: Flexible working space, 301 Glossop Road
14th
14:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Beating Digital Distractions -- The purpose of this workshop is to give researchers a set of skills and habits that can help them avoid using digital tools for procrastination and distraction.
Room: Pam Liversidge Building, E05
15th
14:00-15:30
BOOK HERE
Writing Club: Combined Women@TUoSNETwork/St Georges
Open to all female researchers
Room: Bartolome House, EG03
15th
13:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Week 3. Motto:Build your writing habit
Bootcamp 2 -- This extened retreat uses the pomodoro technique to break up the day into manageable 25 minutes writing chunks - please do bring some writing to do.
Room: Portobello Centre Pool IT Room
18th
10:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Writing for well-being -- "Writing can be fun, fraught, tedious and transformative. And writing can be a route to well-being and better mental health, as supported by a large body of evidence.  This session will provide you with the chance to reflect on your own relationship with writing and well-being, and to try some exercises to help you think/feel differently about it, whether that is academic or otherwise"
Room: Pam Liversidge Building, D05
19th
13:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Woodland Writing Retreat at OAC Whiteley Woods -- Come along with a charged laptop to wrIte in peaceful surroundings. Tea/coffee provided and parking available. Bring a packed lunch if you come for the day.
Please note: Transport to the Outdoor Activity Centre in Whiteley Woods is not provided, but free parking is available.
19th
9:00-12:30
and/or
13:30-17:00
BOOK HERE
Retreat 4 -- Community writing space -- please bring some writing to do.
Room: Richard Roberts, B81

20th
9:00-12:30

BOOK HERE
The 301 Writing Club -- after-work writing club for Undergraduates, Masters, Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers.
Run by 301 Academic Skills Centre. Or join us via Twitter - #301writingclub from @301tutors
20th
16:15-18:00
BOOK HERE
Writing: what to do when you have no idea where to begin? -- This interactive session will give you the skills and tips to help you start writing. You will look at how to produce a reference model which can be applied to any piece of writing you are ever asked to produce. No longer will a blank page be a barrier!
Just bring along a PDF relevant to your research, a pen and your laptop.
Room: ICOSS Conference Room
21st
10:00-12:00
BOOK HERE
Elevate: HEA Fellowship Writing Retreat (all categories) Write On Workshop -- These workshops are for those who have registered for the LTPRS Personal Pathway and wish to spend some dedicated tome working on their application.  Please note: we recommend you attend the 'Developing your Personal pathway Application' workshop before coming to a 'Write On' session.
Room: Elevate Hub, 210 Portobello (next to the Diamond)
21st
13:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Writing Productivity Hacks -- The purpose of this workshop is to show researchers the many tools, technologies and methods for being more productive with their writing time.
Pam Liversidge Building, E05
22nd
14:00-15:30
BOOK HERE
Writing Club: Combined Women@TUoSNETwork/St Georges
Open to all female researchers
Room: Bartolome House, EG03
22nd
13:00-15:00
BOOK HERE
Week 4. Motto:Practice your writing habit
Retreat 5 -- Community writing space -- please bring some writing to do
Room: Portobello Centre, B57c
26th
13:00-16:30
BOOK HERE
Grant Writing Workshop -- This is an introduction to writing a research grant using EPSRC First Grants as examples. The content and quality of a grant application will determine whether or not you are successful. It is therefore important that you understand what is required. This includes the various stages of the application process , so that you maximise your chances of gaining a grant.
This is event is led by Engineering therefore examples and any signposting will be engineering based

Appropriate for ECRs and 3rd year PGRs.
Room: Geography Building, Seminar Room B8
26th
13:00-16:00
BOOK HERE
WriteFest: Thesis Feedback Retreat -- Thesis writing retreat with a difference - chance to write and get feedback as you go along.  You can book into a 1 hour slot where you have space to write and get feedback on the writing from ELTC colleagues.
Room: Richard Roberts Building, B81
27th
10:00-13:00
BOOK HERE
The 301 Writing Club -- after-work writing club for Undergraduates, Masters, Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers.
Run by 301 Academic Skills Centre. Or join us via Twitter - #301writingclub from @301tutors
27th
16:15-18:00
BOOK HERE
WriteFest: CV and LinkedIn Profile Writing Retreat -- Do you have good intentions to enhance your CV or create a more effective LinkedIn profile but not get around to it? Could an hour or two away from your desk, sat at a computer alongside others working on the same thing, give you the focus to do it? Would it add to the experience to have a practitioner available to give you quick feedback on what you are updating? If so, good news! This drop-in retreat provides the space, IT and support to enable you to do just that. You can come along for the whole session or just drop-in for part of the time.
Room: The Diamond, Computer Room 4
28th
14:30-16:30
BOOK HERE
Retreat 6 -- Community writing space -- please bring some writing to do.
Room: Geography Building, Seminar Room B8
29th
9:00-12:30
BOOK HERE
Writing Club: Combined Women@TUoSNETwork/St Georges
Open to all female researchers
Room: Bartolome House, EG03
29th
9:00 - 17:00
BOOK HERE

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Download your WRITER badge! -- print and stick or cut and paste -- let everyone know you're busy writing!

AcWriMo Twibbon -- show your participation in the global writing festival by adding the logo to your twitter profile picture.

Logo for #AcWriVox

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.

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retreat

NB! 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 (captioned version) 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.

Women@TUOS (the University Women's Network) in collaboration with St Georges Writing Club, run Friday writing retreats for Women. Email Anne Hayes at engineering.edi@sheffield.ac.uk to join the mailing list to attend:

8 Nov -- 13:00 - 17:00, EG03 Bartolome House
15
Nov -- 13:00 - 15:00, EG03 Bartolome House
22 Nov -- 13:00 - 15:00, EG03 Bartolome House 
29 Nov -- 9:00 - 17:00, EG03 Bartolome House

Or see here for instructions on how to run your own Writing Retreat.

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creative

Dr Matt Cheeseman & Dr Kay Guccione have produced four editions of the Journal of Imaginary Research. A fifth issue of the journal will be produced from the creative pieces resulting from the 2019 workshop - Writing Without Discipline. 

productive

Learning technologist and productivity guru Andy Tattersall shares tips and digital resources for writing productivity and also for avoiding digital distractions