Grant Writing Virtual Retreat, February 16-18th

Grant Writing Virtual Retreat, February 16-18th

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We build and hold a distraction-free and supportive working space - you push your grant project ahead. This event is run by Joana Zozimo.

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Do you have an urgent grant proposal to finish, but you don't even know how to start writing it?

Do you want to find more time to write, but something else always gets in the way?

Do you procrastinate?

Treat yourself to a 2.5-day grant writing retreat in a distraction-free and supportive writing space.

Here’s the good news:

  • A virtual grant writing retreat helps you unblock, focus, and get stuff done.
  • Working in a group with timed sprints creates 100% accountability and gets you in the flow quickly.
  • Joining co-working sessions boosts your confidence and helps you build a support network beyond the meeting.

Join Joana Zozimo, a qualified writing facilitator for

2.5-day grant writing retreat with ample time to focus and to discuss your grant writing challenges          

9 writing sessions, and more than     

10 hours of focused writing

Happy writing!  

The structure

This structure is based on the structured writing retreat model developed by Rowena Murray, adapted to the online context. The ample, focused writing time is supported by movement and meal breaks and opportunities to discuss (your) writing with the community of writers. Our job as facilitators is to create and hold this safe and supportive environment for you so you make the most of your time and make measurable progress on your writing project.

Research shows that structured writing sessions...

• provide dedicated time and space for writing by intentionally and purposefully disengaging from other tasks

• create accountability among participants by sharing and assessing specific goals

• are a safe space to discuss writing challenges and increase the wellbeing of academics and PhD researchers by creating a sense of connectedness

(see Murray and Newton 2009; Stevenson 2020)

What have previous participants achieved?

✅ Finalised PhD manuscript

✅ Finished a chapter and two scenes in a novel

✅ Wrote first draft of a grant proposal

✅ Revised article for re-submission to journal

✅ Polished all references in the dissertation

✅ Wrote a short story

Feedback from earlier participants

"I have been so impressed with the virtual structured approach. It has helped me immeasurably at an incredibly difficult time."

"Love the community! It makes a difference to be able to vent, bounce ideas off each other and celebrate small victories together. "

"This workshop increased my productivity and my enjoyment of writing."

"Social writing has been especially helpful during the global pandemic while we are socially distancing. These sessions may be life-changing!"

The agenda

Day 1 (15.00-17.00)

15.00-15.20 Welcome and goal-setting for the grant writing retreat

15.20 -15.30 Introduction to grant writing (principles, sections, clarity)

15.30-16.30 Silent writing session 1

16.30-17.00 Assessment; next steps

Day 2 (9.15-17.00)

9.15-9.30 Check-in & goal-setting for the writing retreat

9.30 - 9.45 Grant writing Q&A session

9.45-11.00 Silent writing session 2

11.00-11.30 Morning break

11.30-12.30 Silent writing session 3

12.30-14.00 Healthy tips and movement/lunch break

14.00 - 14.15 Refocus our goals / Q&A session

14.15-15.30 Silent writing session 4

15.30-16.00 Afternoon break

16.00-16.50 Silent writing session 5

16.50-17.00 Taking stock and next steps

Day 3 (9.15-16.30)

9.15-9.30 Check-in & goal-setting for the day

9.30 - 9.45 Discuss your grant writing challenges/ Q&A

9.45-11.00 Silent writing session 6

11.00-11.30 Morning break

11.30-12.30 Silent writing session 7

12.30-14.00 Movement/lunch break

14.00-15.00 Silent writing session 8

15.00 -15.15 Quick break

15.15-16.15 Silent writing session 9

16.15-16.30 Taking stock, achievments, feedback & rewarding plans

Notes on agenda and timings

  • All times are UK; please adjust for your timezone.
  • All sessions take place on Zoom.
  • We’ll sometimes use breakout rooms so writers have the opportunity to discuss their writing in pairs or small groups.


95£ (plus Eventbrite processing fee)

What if I can’t stay the whole time?

We understand that retreating from home is not without challenge, and if you need to miss a session or duck out early, that's perfectly ok. Session 1 on day one is recorded so that you can view it in your own time if you can't come.

What if there are no spaces left?

• Send us an email to be put on the waiting list.

• Check out the upcoming retreats at Writing on the Go.

Cancelation Policy

• You can cancel your booking up and receive a full refund (minus the Eventbrite processing fee) up until 5 days before the retreat starts.

• If you'd like to transfer your booking to another person, you may do so up to 48 hours prior to start. Send an email to sort out the details.


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Who runs this event?

This event is run by Joana Zozimo from Writing on the Go. We are a group of professionals, entrepreneurs, academic writers and creative writers who are trained facilitators and have run virtual writing and co-working sessions for many years. Please check our website:

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