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Write here, right now!

A writing retreat with a difference

 26th May 2017, Redbank House, Manchester

 

Writing is a huge part of research and yet, as a skill, the focus of training is often assumed to be needed on how to produce scientific papers while retreats tend to focus on blocking out the time and space to write. That’s great and important. What about the experience of writing itself? How can researchers learn to be productive, to keep writing and even enjoy the process?

Hate it? Fear it? Dread it? Put it off?….What if you could enjoy your writing?

Like so many things we have to do, writing for your research is one of those things we rarely feel satisfied with. We come up with all sorts of distractions. Convince ourselves we need to read more.  Fear wasting time going down the wrong track. Worry we’re not doing justice to the complexity of the ideas we’re grappling with.  It can all get so heavy, so much is at stake. Rarely do we feel satisfied, like we’ve done a good days work!

“Write here, right now!’ offers a combination of ‘retreat’ to create space to write and live coaching ‘experiments’ to explore different approaches to the experience of writing.

While working on a current piece of writing (a paper, proposal etc) it aims to explore what happens if you unlock the possibility of enjoying writing!  The workshop explores confidence, fears, values, goals and habits while experimenting with different writing moods.

This workshop explores your writing experience to see what happens if you unlock the possibility of enjoying it!  Focusing on a particular piece of writing, in a playful way we’ll explore what our writing agenda is (what’s really at stake in this piece of work?), how we get in our own way (what pressure are you creating in your heads?), how we might write from different experiences (what perspectives might be helpful?) and what might be worth giving a go (what are the options for playing with here?). The day will include identifying new writing habits that you can start putting into practice.

So come prepared to try out and experiment with different approaches to the writing experience. With fun and frustration all thrown into the mix you will leave with some clarity about what works for you.

Participants will need:

  • to bring a laptop and power lead.  You will be writing throughout the day.
  • have something you are currently writing with you (chapter, article, analysis, conference paper)
  • to be curious, open minded about your writing, and be willing to explore different ways of changing the experience.
  • be on time!  It makes a huge difference if we kick off to a good start

NOTE: this workshop will not involve assessment of your writing or engage with writing style, grammar or English. It is about the experience of writing.

Outcomes

Participants will come away with:

  • Dedicated writing time on their topics.
  • Greater awareness of what gets in their way of their writing and how to overcome that.
  • Learning from others about their writing experiences and strategies.
  • A commitment to new writing habits.

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