Writefest 2018

Write Fest 2018

November is Academic Writing Month. This annual event was established as a way to support academic writing via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter.

During November 2018, the Institute for Academic Development will be running WriteFest, a local contribution to this academic writing month, with the aim of bringing people together to raise awareness and celebrate academic writing.

WriteFest is a collaboration with the Universities of Manchester, Sheffield, Exeter, Bristol, Kings College London, Keele, Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Newcastle, Derby and Adelaide.

Aims

The festival aims to provide protected time and space for writing to help you to:

Write Fest aims

During WriteFest the IAD will be running writing retreats and ‘just write’ sessions to provide you with space and time to write, along with a selection of workshops and resources to support your writing.

How to get involved 

  • Book onto a workshop or writing retreat – have a look at our list to see what is running.
  • We will be regularly blogging during the festival from iad4researchers.wordpress.com and iad4phd.wordpress.com, where we will share some experiences, promote events and courses and reflect on academic writing. It will feature a range of voices from the researcher community in The University of Edinburgh and beyond. Please do go and have a look.
  • Use the hashtag #AcWriFest18 to share your progress with other researchers, and follow @researchersated and @IAD4PhD to keep up to date with what is happening during the month.
  • Also use the Academic Writing Month hashtag #AcriWriMo to get some inspiration from Academic Writing month overall.
  • Festival of Creative Learning: You many consider running a Pop-up event as part of the Festival of Creative Learning, linked to academic writing.  Both staff and students are invited to apply to run events in the Festival (February) and throughout the year as Festival Pop-up events, in order to encourage new ways of learning and teaching. There is a great deal of support to help you design and deliver your idea.

For more information see: https://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/research-roles/writefest

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Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following workshops running in September:

The Writing Process: Getting Started  (CAHSS)– 17/9/18

This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation 18/9/18

This workshop looks at different aspects of organising a text. Topics include creating coherence; ordering sentences into paragraphs, and paragraphs into sections; using signposting to highlight connections and support transitions; and developing an argument.

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CSCE/CMVM) 20/9/18

This workshop will focus on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

The Writing Process Getting Started (CSCE/CMVM) 24/9/18

This workshop provides practical tools and tips for making the transition into writing by developing focus, structure and a writing habit.

Academic Writer – Creative Writer 25/9/18

This workshop will explore some of the creative writer’s toolkit through exercises that first take us outside the realm of academic writing, and then back into it.

Is my Writing Academic Enough? (CAHSS) 26/9/18

This workshop will focus on identifying key requirements for strong academic writing, and translating those into practical checks to ensure that your text meets relevant expectations.

Just Write for Research Students 28/9/18

The aim of a ‘Just Write’ session is to create a time and place for PhD students to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life.

 

PGR Summer Writing Retreats

These PGR summer writing retreats provide you with a quiet time and space to focus on your writing without the distractions of the office, emails and daily life. These sessions are not facilitated, it is simply a dedicated space and time to progress your writing projects.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know:

•You will get the most out of the time by planning in advance and coming prepared to write

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•You can use this time to focus on anything related to your work

• You can attend as many sessions as you wish

•You can attend for the full day or half a day, but please make sure you book a place on each session

•Catering is not provided – please bring your own refreshments with you

•Laptops are not provided

The sessions will follow the timetable below:

AM

09:30-10:15 – Writing

10:15-10:25 – Short Break

10:25-11:25 – Writing

11:25-11:35 – Short Break

11:35-12:25 – Writing

PM

13:30-14:15 – Writing

14:15-14:25 – Short Break

14:25-15:25 – Writing

15:25-15:35 – Short Break

15:35-16:25 – Writing

For more information see here

Structured Writing Retreat

Structured Writing Retreat for Postgraduate Researchers 11th April 2018

Come to a writing retreat if you want to make progress on a writing project (such as a thesis chapter or a journal article) and build confidence in your academic writing skills. At this structured retreat, writing slots will be interspersed with short discussions and reflections. The retreat format of working alongside (and sometimes in conversation with) others has been shown to generate pages as well as solutions to writing problems.untitledgyh

You will get the most out of this retreat if you:

  • decide on a writing project in advance, with corresponding goals for the day
  • don’t use the internet during the writing retreat
  • do as much relevant reading and other preparation as possible in advance
  • bring notes, plans and outlines for your writing project to the retreat

More information and booking here

 

Places available: Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have places available on the following upcoming workshops:

 

Beating Writers Block

Thursday 15th February 2018

This workshop will look at how writer’s block manifests, what causes it and what strategies you can adopt to re-connect with your research, your writing, your confidence and your voice.  More information and booking here

Writing a Literature Review

Tuesday 20th February 2018

This workshop will identify the Identify the key elements of a literature review and look at practical processes for writing the literature review.  More information and booking here

Academic Writing Peer Review

Wednesday 21st February 2018

The Academic Writing Peer Review workshop is tutor-led group session for academic writers who would like to get feedback on their writing from a small, supportive audience.  More information and booking here

How to be an Effective Researcher

Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd February 2018

This interactive and intensive 2-day course has been designed for first and second year PhD students and will look at practical ways to increase your effectiveness and meet the challenges of your PhD. More information and booking here

How to be your own best editor

Monday 26th February 2018

This workshop aims to equip you with strategies for editing effectively, and will identify the key aspects of good writing, including clarity, conciseness and flow. More information and booking here

 

 

Writing Courses for International PhD Students

English Language Education run a number of courses for international PhD students, including:

Writing a First Year Report for first year doctoral students  https://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/course-9; this course will start in the week beginning 29th January.

Reviewing the Literature for second year doctoral students (and students at the end of their first year, if they have passed their Board / been upgraded) https://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-review-lit. This course will start in the week beginning 19th February.

For these two courses, there are also independent study materials available, for those students who are unable to attend face-to-face classes, or who already have a good level of academic written English and would simply appreciate some reference materials: https://www.edweb.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/independent-study-materials

Writing up your PhD: Quantitative researchhttps://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/writing-phd. For this course, there are no independent study materials, as we use a very helpful course book, which students can buy at Blackwells: Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English by Hilary Glasman-Deal. The course starts in the week beginning January 22nd.

Writing up your PhD: Qualitative researchhttps://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-qual . This course will start in the week beginning 5th February, and there are independent study materials available.

 

PGR Mid-Semester Welcome Event

Thursday 9th November 2017 (1.00pm – 5.00pm)

Postgraduate students arriving after Welcome Week still have the opportunity to attend University welcome events

What will happen during this event?

This morning is for students who have missed a University Welcome event this academic year or have arrived recently. The event is being hosted by the  Institute for Academic Development. You will be provided with information on:welcome_primarylogo_main

  • how to manage your Research
  • the support that is available to you at the University
  • current PhD students’ experiences

Find out more, and book a place here

‘Just Write’ Sessions for Research Students

Are you struggling to find the time to write without interruption?

The aim of a ‘Just Write’ session is to create a time and place for PhD students to write without the distractions of emails, Facebook, Twitter and everyday life.

‘Just Write’ will provide you with a quiet space to focus exclusively on your writing, the session is not facilitated, however a member of staff will be present to ensure that everyone gets the most from the session.

Thinking of coming along? Here is what you need to know:333

  • You will get the most out of the time by coming prepared to write
  • Bring your laptop and any notes you may need with you
  • You can use this time to focus on anything related to your work

For a full list of dates please see here

In addition to the ‘Just Write’ Sessions there are also weekly ‘Shut up and Write’ drop in sessions, these take place as follows:

  • Wednesdays 10am-1pm @ Red Box Marchmont, Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh
  • Fridays 2-5pm @ Room 2.01, Old Infirmary (Geography), Drummond Street, Edinburgh

More information about “Shut Up & Write” here: https://thesiswhisperer.com/shut-up-and-write/

PhD Writing Courses for International Students

English Language Support for International Students

A wide range of courses are available to help international students with their English and academic skills. For first year PhD students, there’s “Writing a PhD First-Year Report”, which aims to help students to prepare the paper (or report, or proposal) that they will be writing for their first year review (or ‘panel’ or ‘progression board’), towards the end of the first year of their doctoral studies.   This course starts in the week beginning 23 October 2017, and the application deadline is Friday 13 October.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/course-9

and

For second and third year PhD students there’s Writing your PhD: Reviewing the Literature.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-teaching/students/current-students/elsis/elsis-courses/phd-review-lit

This course starts week beginning 2 October 2017

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  • Writing up Quantitative and Qualitative Research
  • Social Speaking Skills
  • Better Pronunciation
  • Academic Writing
  • Grammar for Academic Writing

Find out more here: www.ed.ac.uk/english-language-education

 

Places available – Upcoming IAD PhD Workshops

We have the following workshops running in September for Postgraduate Researchers:

The Writing Process – Getting Started (CAHSS)

Monday 18th September 2017

This workshop provides tools and tips to help you get started with your writing.  More information and booking here

Text: Coherence, Structure and Argumentation

Tuesday 19th September 2017

This workshop focuses on what makes a text ‘hang together’ in a way that makes sense to your reader.  More information and booking here

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CSCE&CMVM)

Wednesday 20th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information and booking here

The Writing Process: Getting Started (CSCE&CMVM)

Monday 25th September 2017

This workshop provides tools and tips to help you get started with your writing.  More information and booking here

Academic writer – creative writer

Tuesday 26th September 2017

In this workshop we explore some of the creative writer’s toolkit through short writing exercises that initially take us outside the realm of academic writing, and eventually back into it. More information and booking here

Is My Writing Academic Enough? (CAHSS)

Wednesday 27th September 2017

This workshop explores the standards and expectations associated with academic writing. More information and booking here

For more information on all our workshops please see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/postgraduate/doctoral/courses/course-list