Online 'Mirrored' Structured Writing Retreat

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Join online for a structured writing retreat with Jo Garrick.

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Structured Writing Retreats are facilitated sessions based upon the extensive research undertaken by Professor Rowena Murray (University of the West of Scotland). The aim of the retreats are to use dedicated writing time to progress writing projects in a supportive and non-surveillance environment. Mirrored Structured Writing Retreats enable participants to join for the morning, afternoon or the whole day and are designed to work around other commitments. The retreat starts at 09:15 and ends at approximately 16:15 and will be delivered via Collaborate. We use most of the time for writing and take regular breaks. Please ensure that you join the session by no later than ten minutes before the starting time in both the morning and afternoon. Joining instructions will be forwarded to you in due course and please indicate whether you plan to join in the morning, afternoon or for the full day. The online retreat will be facilitated by Jo Garrick, who has undertaken facilitator training with Professor Murray and runs regular writing retreats for postgraduate students and academic researchers. Retreats work best when you:

  • Focus exclusively on writing
  • Agree not to use internet during the session
  • Define specific goals and sub-goals, such as sections of paper/chapter, number of words
  • Define and discuss content and structure for writing sub-goals
  • Take stock of your achievements of these goals throughout the programme
  • Discuss your writing-in-project for mutual peer support

Before you go:

  • Decide on a writing project or projects
  • Read Murray R. & Newton M. (2009). Writing retreat as structured intervention: Margin or mainstream? Higher Education Research and Development, 28(5): 527-39
  • Review the retreat programme and plan your writing tasks for each timeslot
  • Do reading and other preparation before retreat
  • Get notes, plans, outlines and so on together
  • Outline the structure of your paper/chapter
  • Download anything you need before attending, such as journal instructions for authors

What you will need for the retreat:

  • Laptop/PC
  • Data
  • Notes


  • 09:15-09:30: Introductions and goal-setting
  • 09:30-10:45: Focused writing
  • 10:45-11:00: Break
  • 11:00-12:15: Focused writing
  • 12:15-13:15: Lunch
  • 13:15-13:30: Introductions and goal setting (for afternoon participants)
  • 13:30-14:45: Focused writing
  • 14:45-15:00: Break
  • 15:00-16:15: Focused writing
  • 16:15-16:30: Feedback, further goal setting and close

If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact Jo Garrick (

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