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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 tannual 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 (#AcWriFest18) 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 2018 has some added bitesize workshops, a guide to crafting your own ideal writing soundtrack,  a creative writing element, and lots of curated articles about academic writing. We encourage all academics, research staff, and research students to join us and write. 

This year we are 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 ++ 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.

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. 1st 9.30-11.00 BOOK
HERE
A Meeting with your Manuscript, group coaching. Whatever your publishing goals, this is an opportunity to engage in supportive and non-judgemental paired coaching conversations to revisit stalled writing, and make yourself a plan to get it finished. 1st 13.30-16.00 BOOK
HERE
Academic Publishing in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Lecture, led by an academic publishing specialist 2nd
10.30-12.00
BOOK
HERE
Retreat 1 -- Diamond LT9. 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. 2nd 9.20-12.30 BOOK
HERE
Publishing monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This workshop is designed for research staff and academics in their first permanent academic role. More info here. Book by emailing Sarah Bell. 2nd
12.45-16.45
BOOK
HERE
Week 2. Motto: The second hardest part is staying started
Retreat 2 HEA Fellowship Writing (all categories) -- Hicks LT9. Community writing space – please come prepared to work on your HEA portfolio. 5th 9.20-12.30 BOOK
HERE
Developing writing to support our research. Launching a new, flexible training programme in research writing, attend the information sessions for researchers at all levels. Academics book here. PhD researchers book here. Early Career Research Staff book here. 5th
9.30–10.45
11.00-12.00
14.00-15.00

ACADEMICS
RES STAFF
PhDs
Corrections Club -- Hicks F41 Have you got thesis corrections, amendments, collaborator comments, supervisor feedback, a revise and resubmit on a journal article, or any other feedback you are finding it hard to face and deal with? This is an opportunity to come and write in a supportive and non-judgemental space. No need to book, just turn up, bring the work you need to correct and let’s get it done. This is not a taught session, it is a community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 5th 15.00-17.00 JUST TURN UP TO Hicks F41. To minimise disruption please stay for the whole 2h slot.
Shut Up and Write after work writing club for Undergraduates, Masters and Postgraduate Researchers. Run by 301 Academic Skills Centre. Or join us via Twitter - #SUWChallenge at the same time 5th 17.30-18.45 BOOK
HERE
Writing a Journal Article and Getting it Published. Workshop. You must attend both days of this workshop. Fully booked, email Lucy Lee to be added to the waiting list. 6th & 13th
9.15-16.30
FULLY 
BOOKED
email Lucy
Get Your Thesis Off Your Back workshop. This is for you if you are stuck with thesis writing or need to get going in a hurry? Come and get motivated in a judgement free setting. 6th 14.00-15.30 BOOK
HERE
Retreat 3 -- Hicks LT10. Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 8th 13.20-16.30 BOOK
HERE
Week 3. Motto: Build your writing habit
Retreat 4 -- Hicks K14. Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 12th 9.20-12.30 BOOK
HERE
Beating Digital Distractions workshop. 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. 12th 14.00-15.30 BOOK
HERE
Shut Up and Write after work writing club for Undergraduates, Masters and Postgraduate Researchers. Run by 301 Academic Skills Centre. Or join us via Twitter - #SUWChallenge at the same time 12th 17.30-18.45 BOOK
HERE
Book Launch. The Centre for Poetry and Poetics Presents 'Wretched Strangers': In response to surges of violent British nationalism and political paranoia around borders, and to related social and ethical crises, JT Welsch and Ágnes Lehóczky have assembled an anthology to mark the vital contribution of non-UK-born writers to this country’s poetry culture. Wretched Strangers (Boiler House Press, 2018) 13th
18.30-20.30
ALL WELCOME Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield
Retreat 5 -- Medical School Heritage Room. Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 14th 9.20-12.30 BOOK
HERE
Retreat 6 -- Diamond LT7. Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 16th 13.20-16.30 BOOK
HERE
Week 4. Motto: Practice your writing habit
Writing Productivity Hacks workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to show researchers the many tools, technologies and methods for being more productive with their writing time. 19th
9.30-11.00
BOOK
HERE
Retreat 7 -- Hicks LT5. Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 19th 13.20-16.30 BOOK
HERE
Shut Up and Write after work writing club for Undergraduates, Masters and Postgraduate Researchers. Run by 301 Academic Skills Centre. Or join us via Twitter - #SUWChallenge at the same time 19th 17.30-18.45 BOOK
HERE
Grant Writing Workshop for ECRs and 3rd year PGRs. Led by Faculty Engineering. 20th 13.00-16.00 BOOK
HERE
Week 5. Motto: You are the champion my friend!
Building Cultures and Communities of PhD Writing workshop. This workshop is aimed at: Academic Supervisors, Dept PGR Tutors/Leads, DTP/DTC/CDT etc Managers and Administrators, and Dept PGR representatives/ambassadors. It will cover approaches for developing systems that support students to write by using group work and peer critique. 26th 9.30-11.00 BOOK
HERE
Feedback session for contributors to the Journal Of Imaginary Research. If you are writing a piece for this journal and would like feedback on your creative work, see you there! 26th 14.00-15.00 DROP IN
Shut Up and Write after work writing club for Undergraduates, Masters and Postgraduate Researchers. Run by 301 Academic Skills Centre. Or join us via Twitter - #SUWChallenge at the same time 26th 17.30-18.45 BOOK
HERE
Retreat 8 -- Firth Court Council Room. Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 27th 9.20-12.30 BOOK
HERE
Retreat 9 -- Ron Johnston Research Room, Geography. Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 28th 9.20-12.30 BOOK
HERE
Supervising Stuck Thesis Writers workshop -- part of the SuperVisionaries Seminar Series 29th 12.30-13.30 BOOK
HERE
Writing a Successful Grant Application (for Life Sciences). An opportunity to experience the difficulties faced by grant committee members and to see how you can present your grant application to influence its chance of success. 30th
9.30-16.30
BOOK
HERE
Retreat 10 -- Hicks Lecrure Theatre E. Community writing space – please bring some writing to do. 30th 13.20-16.30 BOOK
HERE

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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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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) run Friday writing retreats for Women. Just turn up for whole or part of the day:

2 Nov -- Arts Tower 509
9 Nov -- BLG05 Bartolome House
16 Nov -- BLG07 Bartolome House 
23 Nov -- Arts Tower 509
30 Nov -- Arts Tower 509

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

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creative

Dr Matt Cheeseman (Editor of Route 57) & Dr Kay Guccione have produced three editions of the Journal of Imaginary Research. A fourth issue of the journal will be produced from the creative pieces resulting from the 2018 workshop - Writing Without Discipline. 

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productive

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.

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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!

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Glyn Williams and Stephen Connelly, Directors, PhD Programme, Urban Studies & Planning will share their experience of creating approaches that support students to write by using group work and peer critique.

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