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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, academic or teaching terms and conditions of employment) 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 to One's
One hour, one to one sessions are available to give individual advice on Academic Writing. For further information or to book a place, visit the link below
One to One's

March 2018

  March 2017

  July 2016

  March 2016

Led by
Academic writing tutor (George Ttoouli) and Sandy Sparks.


Privacy Notice:
As a member of staff, we ask that you read our updated Staff Privacy Notice carefully as it contains important information on how and why we collect, store, use and share your personal data, your rights in relation to your personal data and who to contact in the event that you have a query or complaint.” In order to view the privacy notice please see the link below:

5 and 6 July 2018
(attendance is compulsory on both days)

9am - 5pm
(Refreshments available from 8.30am, 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

Workshop content:
Please email Sandy Sparks (

Workshop arrangements:
Please email, Jane Cooper (


If you would like to apply for a place on the 5/6 July Bootcamp or to register your interest in future bootcamps please use the link below.

Book a Place