Drawing on the format of our Sheffield super-popular monthly academic writing retreats (adapted from Prof. Rowena Murray’s model), we are running 12 (yes TWELVE, you heard it) throughout the month of November.

Is 2h of sitting in a room getting writing done exactly what you need right now?

November is Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo), an academic write-a-thon that happens every November, catering to the specific needs of academic writers. It’s hosted by PhD2Published, as an space where the global academic community can pledge their writing projects, record progress and share thousands of time via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter.

WriteFest (#AcWriFest15) is our local University of Sheffield contribution, and is bringing together people from across the university in ‘retreats’ to get writing done. The festival aims to help all research staff and students to come together to:


A retreat is basically an academic lock-in. ‘Retreat’ in this context just means a space away from your normal distractions. The retreat provides protected and focused academic writing time, and you do the writing. That’s it. We all sit and write together in a room and use peer pressure to help us avoid the distractions of email, internet, tea making, paperclip sorting, desk cleaning, lab work, etc etc etc.

Already in week one we have welcomed 36 writers with something to get off the to do list…and generated between us some 16,923 words! YEAH!

We encourage all academics, research staff, and research students to join in the write-a-thon and feel the exhilarating air punch of getting a piece of work you’re hating off your back.

See you there? Or if not…join in on Twitter with the #AcWriFest15 and #AcWriMo hash tags.

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