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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 (#AcWriFest20) 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 2020 continues to evolve and this year includes The Writer's Toolkit, WriteFest Coffee 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, for obvious reasons, the whole festival will be delivered online. We hope that this means more academics, research staff and research students will be able to join us and write.

We are delighted to once again be joined by partner universities: Exeter, Bristol, Manchester, Keele, Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Bath

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, formerly the Director of Sheffield's Music and Wellbeing Research Unit, and now an independent academic, conducting research, teaching and writing about music psychology and music wellness, presents some expert advice on choosing a personalised soundtrack to enhance your writing.

Week 1. Motto: The hardest part is getting started
The Writer’s Toolkit: Online course launch (Open for 30 days from registration)
As academics we are also professional authors, and for many of us that is a real challenge. The reality is that we are often met on paper before we are met in person, and we owe it to ourselves to
be the best that we can possibly be on paper. This writers’ toolkit helps.

It covers:
1. Understand the keys to great academic writing
2. Getting your story straight and using it in multiple situations
3. Working through the typical challenges of academic writing

By the end of the toolkit you will have 11 different ways of thinking and nearly 200 tips for practical things that you can do to get your academic writing to where you want it to be.
2nd onwards EVENT FULL WITH A SIGNIFICANT WAITING LIST
Thesis Writing Retreat 1
This is not a taught session but 2 hours of protected, distraction-free time to focus on writing. We will be using the Pomodoro technique to maximise our efficiency and take crucial breaks. Everyone welcome, just come along to the session ready to write!
2nd
10:00 - 12:00
BOOK HERE
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
2nd
13:00 - 15:30
BOOK HERE
WriteFest Coffee: getting your writing started -- NEW FOR 2020
WriteFest20 Coffee is hosted by the University of Liverpool, but open to everyone during WriteFest.

These sessions are open and informal chats, open to all academic writers. Brew yourself a cup of coffee/tea or other beverage of choice and join us for a chat and a chance to share experiences, challenges, and ideas for writing.
2nd
15:00 - 16:00
BOOK HERE
Write Club Online: Writing Retreat 1
If you want to know more about Write Club Online, then please watch this very short video.
https://digitalmedia.sheffield.ac.uk/media/1_vm42h3v5
3rd
15:00 - 17:00
BOOK HERE
SuperVisionaries: Facilitating Progress and Supporting Stuck Thesis Writers (for PGR supervisors)
Designed for both experienced supervisors and those new to research supervision, this webinar will explore common barriers to thesis writing, and will introduce practices for effective action planning and writing techniques to help get stalled PGRs get back on track. We will share methods for enabling PGRs to take responsibility, plan and monitor their work, and keep up momentum. Delivered via Blackboard Collaborate.
All current PhD supervisors and teaching/research staff looking to develop their skills in research supervision are very welcome.
4th
10:00 - 11:30
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Writing for journal publication
Audience: 2nd year Ph.D. students.
In the design stage of a Ph.D or M.Res, the research methods and the means for acquiring new knowledge in the field of study are developed. When the design is complete and put into action, evidence may begin to emerge that addresses the research question articulated earlier. This may appear for example as the results of experimental investigations, or data gathered through surveys or interviews. If the new knowledge appears to provide answers to the research question and is an original contribution to the field of study, the next step is in communicating this knowledge to the wider research community through writing a paper for publication in an academic journal.
Having read many such publications in the first stage of embarking on the research project (and thereafter), making the transition from reader to author can be a daunting task. This workshop is aimed at guiding the researcher through this transition by providing some tools and techniques that can help in writing academic papers, and providing some ways of overcoming obstacles to writing.

Attendees at the workshop will also learn how:
- the quality of academic publications is controlled
- to choose an appropriate journal and style for a paper
- to approach writing the different sections of a paper, and the order in which to write them
- to incorporate reviewers’ comments in a peer-reviewed paper
- to gain a set of strategies for overcoming common barriers to writing
4th
14:00 - 16:00
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Thesis Writing Retreat 2
This is not a taught session but 2 hours of protected, distraction-free time to focus on writing. We will be using the Pomodoro technique to maximise our efficiency and take crucial breaks. Everyone welcome, just come along to the session ready to write!
4th
14:00 - 16:00
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 find a PDF article/source relevant to your research before you join the session.
6th
13:00 - 15:00
BOOK HERE
Week 2. Motto: The hardest part is staying started
WriteFest Coffee: diversity in research- expanding your reading horizons -- NEW FOR 2020
WriteFest20 Coffee is hosted by the University of Liverpool, but open to everyone during WriteFest.

These sessions are open and informal chats, open to all academic writers. Brew yourself a cup of coffee/tea or other beverage of choice and join us for a chat and a chance to share experiences, challenges, and ideas for writing.
9th
15:00 - 16:00
BOOK HERE
Academic writing: reducing anxiety
The academic writing course is a practice-based 7-step strategy developed by Dr Catriona Ryan SFHEA which turns the traditional approach to academic writing on its head. It has helped many students over the years (from undergraduates to Doctoral students) to overcome writers block and build confidence as academic writers. The focus is on argument construction and removing blocks that generate writing apprehension. In a typical 3-hour workshop the students will be encouraged to bring their research for a chapter or essay they intend to write. By the end of the workshop students will have a detailed plan (down to the last paragraph) of the structure for their chapter or essay with some parts written. The workshop focuses on strategies to enhance style and how to deal with the anxiety around that. The workshop caters to all subject areas as Dr Ryan contextualises the method in terms of a qualitative approach and the IMRAD approach.

Upon completion of this course students will have an enhanced confidence in:
- developing a discursive analysis
- overcoming writer's block
- developing a writing style
- editing
- writing a literature review
10th
13:00 - 16:00
BOOK HERE
Thesis Writing Retreat 3
This is not a taught session but 2 hours of protected, distraction-free time to focus on writing. We will be using the Pomodoro technique to maximise our efficiency and take crucial breaks. Everyone welcome, just come along to the session ready to write!
10th
17:00 - 19:00
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
11th
14:00  - 15:00
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 all days.
12th, 13th, 19th, 20th
Each session:
09:30 - 11:00 and 13:00 - 14:30
EVENT FULL WITH SIGNIFICANT WAITING LIST
Write Club Online: Writing Retreat 2
If you want to know more about Write Club Online, then please watch this very short video.
https://digitalmedia.sheffield.ac.uk/media/1_vm42h3v5
12th
19:00 - 21:00
BOOK HERE
Thesis Writing Retreat 4
This is not a taught session but 2 hours of protected, distraction-free time to focus on writing. We will be using the Pomodoro technique to maximise our efficiency and take crucial breaks. Everyone welcome, just come along to the session ready to write!
13th
10:00 - 12:00
BOOK HERE
Week 3. Motto:Build your writing habit
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.
16th
14:00 - 16:00
BOOK HERE
WriteFest Coffee: supporting others writing -- NEW FOR 2020
WriteFest20 Coffee is hosted by the University of Liverpool, but open to everyone during WriteFest.

These sessions are open and informal chats, open to all academic writers. Brew yourself a cup of coffee/tea or other beverage of choice and join us for a chat and a chance to share experiences, challenges, and ideas for writing.
16th
15:00 - 16:00
BOOK HERE
Write Club Online: Writing Retreat 3
If you want to know more about Write Club Online, then please watch this very short video.
https://digitalmedia.sheffield.ac.uk/media/1_vm42h3v5
17th
10:00 - 12:00
BOOK HERE
Thesis Writing Workshop: Tips and guidance for thesis writers
This workshop is for PGRs who are about to start writing their thesis or who have already started writing. Throughout the workshop tools, tips and guidance will be covered that can help attendees with their academic writing and in overcoming any personal writing hurdles they may have.

During this interactive webinar we will discuss how to:
- Critically analyse a thesis to understand the task ahead
- Start writing your thesis and tips to maintain momentum
- Identify and use common writing techniques
- Manage writing behaviours that may hinder your progress (procrastination, perfectionism...)
- Recognise the end and complete your thesis
17th
13:00 - 14:15
BOOK HERE
Thesis Writing Retreat 5
This is not a taught session but 2 hours of protected, distraction-free time to focus on writing. We will be using the Pomodoro technique to maximise our efficiency and take crucial breaks. Everyone welcome, just come along to the session ready to write!
18th
13:30 - 17:00
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"
19th
10:00 - 12:00
BOOK HERE
The Writer's Toolkit - Webinar
Complements the online course of the same name.
Requirement: to have registered for the online course prior to attending the workshop.
19th
14:00 - 16:00
BOOK HERE                      
Thesis Writing Retreat 6
This is not a taught session but 2 hours of protected, distraction-free time to focus on writing. We will be using the Pomodoro technique to maximise our efficiency and take crucial breaks. Everyone welcome, just come along to the session ready to write!
20th
10:00 - 12:00
BOOK HERE
Week 4. Motto:Practice your writing habit
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.
23rd
10:00 - 11:00
BOOK HERE
Using Artificial Intelligence to bulletproof your writing
Do you find yourself struggling with academic writing in English? Have you ever dreamed of a tool that would take care of correcting your grammar, spelling, word use, and the stylistic features of your text, tailored to academia? Whether you are in the process of writing your PhD thesis, a conference or funding proposal, an essay, or a journal article, Writefull can help. Join this webinar and learn how AI language models, trained on millions of journal articles, not only give you language feedback but also let you explore academic writing patterns.
23rd
14:00 - 14:45
BOOK HERE
WriteFest Coffee: getting creative with your writing - NEW FOR 2020
WriteFest20 Coffee is hosted by the University of Liverpool, but open to everyone during WriteFest.

These sessions are open and informal chats, open to all academic writers. Brew yourself a cup of coffee/tea or other beverage of choice and join us for a chat and a chance to share experiences, challenges, and ideas for writing.
23rd
15:00 - 16:00
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.
23rd
15:00 - 17:00
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Thesis Writing Retreat 7
This is not a taught session but 2 hours of protected, distraction-free time to focus on writing. We will be using the Pomodoro technique to maximise our efficiency and take crucial breaks. Everyone welcome, just come along to the session ready to write!
23rd
17:00 - 19:00
BOOK HERE
Introduction to Academic writing (1st yr PGRs)

Writing is an essential skill for doing any kind of research, and contrary to the belief in some quarters that studying for a Ph.D consists of a period of doing research followed by a period of writing, the requirement to write appears at all stages in the cycle of activity that defines research.
This workshop will equip early stage Ph.D students with some of the tools and techniques that can help in developing the writing skills for doing research, and attendees will gain experience in:
- preparing concise and logically-written materials
- writing at different levels — brief abstract to the basic elements of an academic paper
- using logical argument in writing to persuade others
- explaining complex or difficult concepts in basic terms and language
- developing ‘the researcher voice’ through a synthesis of published literature

24th
14:00 - 16:00
BOOK HERE
Write Club Online:Bootcamp 24th
10:00 - 15:15
BOOK HERE
Thesis Writing Workshop: How to review, revise and edit your thesis
This workshop is for PGRs who are about to start writing their thesis or who have already started writing. Throughout the workshop we will examine how to review, revise and edit your thesis.
During this interactive webinar we will discuss how to:
- Critique and review your writing
- Use revision techniques to effectively and efficiently revise and restructure text
- Use editing techniques to improve clarity and conciseness
- Manage writing behaviours that may hinder your progress
25th
10:00 - 11:15
BOOK HERE
WriteFest: CV and LinkedIn Profile Writing Retreat
Do you have good intentions to enhance your CV and applications or create a more effective LinkedIn profile but not get around to it? Could an hour or two away from your research, working online 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 pointers on what you are updating? If so, good news! This retreat provides the space and focus to enable you to do just that. This is a writing retreat, not a teaching session. Advice on CVs and using social media can be accessed on the Careers Service website.
25th
14:30 - 16:30
BOOK HERE
Thesis Writing Retreat 8
This is not a taught session but 2 hours of protected, distraction-free time to focus on writing. We will be using the Pomodoro technique to maximise our efficiency and take crucial breaks. Everyone welcome, just come along to the session ready to write!
26th
14:00 - 16:00
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.

Image of the AcWriVox logo for WriteFest 2020

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 in 2020. Choose the one(s) that suit you best and book your place. Then, grab your notes, log into the online session and be prepared to write. This 1 min video (captioned version) covers what is traditionally involved in the retreat sessions - but in 2020 you'll need your internet! And all we ask is that, where possible, you stay for the full session.

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 five editions of the Journal of Imaginary Research. Originally produced from the creative pieces resulting from the workshop - Writing Without Discipline - they now accept submissions each November from any writer who sees the value of using creative processes, and writing for fun.

productive

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