Join our festival of academic writing this November

WriteFest 2018

Write festWriteFest is our University-wide festival of academic writing that takes place in November. If you're in a research or teaching role why not take some time out to focus on writing? The programme is also open to PhD students.

WriteFest coincides with Academic Writing Month, an international yearly write-a-thon. The worldwide academic community pledge their writing projects, track their progress, and share thousands of writing resources via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter.

Our University festival helps to support colleagues to develop and share good writing practices and strategies, including overcoming blocks in writing. It also aims to protect some time in the working day to focus on writing, taking time out of the office to write alongside others.

WriteFest is based around 10 half-day academic writing retreats, social but silent writing spaces, and includes a series of workshops and events for writers, should-be-writers and those who supervise writing.

Last year, 324 people attended and collectively wrote over 185,000 words during the retreats. All academic, teaching, and research staff and students are most welcome at November's retreats. Papers, articles, creative compositions, grants, theses, professional applications – whatever you're writing – you're welcome. You can also start your own writing retreat – see the how to guide.

WriteFest has continued to build on its success year after year, and this year our University is joined by 11 partner universities including Exeter, Bristol, Manchester, King's College London, Keele, Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Derby, and Adelaide!

See the full WriteFest 2018 programme

Highlights from the programme and key resources:

  • A video wall of academic staff talking about their own approaches to getting on with writing
  • An opportunity to write for our creative writing publication – The Journal of Imaginary Research Vol4 (See Vol 2 here)
  • A video guide to crafting your own ideal writing soundtrack, by Dr Victoria Williamson
  • A series of articles and resources curated by Dr Kay Guccione to support and inspire

Add a Twibbon, use #AcWriFest18 and download your WRITER badge

On Twitter, add a Twibbon and join the conversation using the hashtag #AcWriFest18 to share resources, celebrate writing progress and support each other.

You can also download your WRITER badge – print and stick or cut and paste to let everyone know you're busy writing!

Previous participants share their feedback:

“I got back into a writing project I've been neglecting for months.”

“I protected time to redraft three sections of a thesis chapter. I managed to restructure these and added 800 words to the word count, so really useful!”

"WriteFest helped me rediscover the creative approach to my writing that was there all along. I just needed help finding it again! It renewed my confidence and enthusiasm for the writing process.”

Find out more about WriteFest 2018