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Research Active Staff (RAS): Academic Writing - Retreat 'Bootcamp'

Take time to start or finish your academic writing. The academic writing retreat runs for 2 days and provides Research Active Staff the opportunity to focus exclusively on their academic writing. For that reason, we ask that delegates who attend are prepared to commit to the full 2 days when booking a place.

Who should attend?
This 2-day academic writing retreat is open to Research Active Staff (Research focused, Teaching focused and Research & Teaching contracts) from any Faculty. A minimum of 10 delegates are required for the writing away days to run.

We do not accept applications from postgraduates or research students. Students should refer to the Student Careers and Skills website for details of workshops designed specifically to meet their needs.

Session Objectives
The away days will include:

  • dedicated writing time for the delegate
  • opportunities for 'inventing'/planning research
  • consultation with a writing tutor
  • feedback opportunities

The two days are an opportunity for delegates to discuss individually their research and academic writing strategies with the writing tutor, and most importantly to have dedicated academic writing time.

Academic writing away days may be of benefit to those beginning a new project and/or to research active staff who wish to focus on editing existing work or producing a piece of work from existing research.

Is there anything else I need to know?
We ask that delegates come with a clear writing goal and a specific material outcome that they wish to achieve (e.g. planning the skeleton/outline structure of a new book, or a book proposal, drafting a journal article, responding to journal article feedback and re-submitting, a conference abstract or paper etc). Delegates may also want to do some preparation before the writing away days and/or submit some work for comment.

Further Information
There are two Academic Writing Retreat 'Bootcamps' per academic year. One is run in term time (March) and one is run outside term time (July). They run on a Thursday and Friday (full day). The academic writing support offered during retreats does not include a proof-reading service or a ghost bid/grant writing service.

One hour, 1-1 sessions are available to give individual advice on Academic Writing. For further information or to book a place, visit the link below

Feedback and quotes from previous 'Academic Writing: Bootcamp Retreat' workshops:
July 2018
  March 2018
  March 2017
  July 2016
  March 2016

Led by:
Rochelle Sibley, Convenor of the Writing Centre, English Department

Further Workshops in the Academic Writing Series 2018/9:

Being a Prolific Writer
Thursday 29 November 2018, AC03 - Argent Court, 09.00 - 15.00*

Writing for Impact
Thursday 14 February 2018, AC01 - Argent Court, 09.00 - 15.00*

Raising your Article Quality
Thursday 2 May 2018, Wolfson 3, The Research Exchange,3rd Floor, The Library, 09.00 - 15.00*

*The Academic Writing workshops finish at 3pm, with an optional hour after the event to gain advice from Rochelle


Thursday 14 March 2019
Friday 15 March 2019
(Attendance is required on both days)


Thursday 4 July 2019
Friday 5 July 2019
(Attendance is required on both days)

9.00 - 17.00
Refreshments will be available 30 minutes before the start of the workshop. Lunch will be provided

AC02/03- Argent Court

See Campus map

PARKING: Parking is limited, early arrival is strongly recommended. Those with a University of Warwick staff parking permit can park in Argent Court car park and do not need to use pay and display

Any questions?

Workshop content:

Rochelle Sibley
Convenor of Writing Centre, English Department

Sandy Sparks
Learning and Development Advisor for RAS, LDC
Ext: 74121

Workshop arrangements:
Jane Cooper 
Administrative Assistant, LDC Ext: 24893