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Structured writing retreat: 11th-13th December 2016

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Launde Abbey

Launde Road

East Norton

Leicester

LE7 9XB

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The aim of the retreat is to use dedicated writing time to progress our writing. The retreat is desinged to support students and lecturers in their writing projects such as thesis, articles or reports. This is a supportive environment, where we use most of the time for writing, all of us in the same room. There is time during the retreat to discuss papers and share ideas. This will be a useful event for colleagues to meet up and talk in a relaxed environment.

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How is the retreat structured?

The retreat starts on day 1 at 4pm and ends on day 3 at 4pm. All writing sessions, meetings and meals are in Launde Abbey. We use most of the time for writing, all of us in the same room. Brief scheduled discussions between writing slots often generate solutions to writing problems, develop drafts, lead to research-oriented conversations and provide feedback on writing-in-progress.

Retreat Programme

Day 1
4 - 4.30 Arrive at Launde Abbey
4.30 - 5 Refreshments and setting up
5 - 5.30 Introductions, writing warm up, setting goals
5.30 - 6.30 Writing
Day 2
9.15 - 9.30 Planning
9.30 - 11 Writing
11 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 12.30 Writing
12.30 - 2 Lunch and a walk to stretch out legs
2 - 3.30 Writing
3.30 - 4 Break
4 - 5.30 Writing
Day 3
9.15 - 9.30 Planning
9.30 - 11 Writing
11 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 12.30 Writing
12.30 - 2 Lunch and a walk
2 - 3.30 Writing
3.30 - 4.00 Break, taking stock, outputs, feedback, next moves

Where is the venue?

Launde Abbey is a residential retreat centre in Leicestershire, 6 miles from Oakham and 13 from Leicester. Its a few miles off the A47, the link road between the M1 (Leicester) and A1 (Peterborough).

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is parking a Launde Abbey. The nearest train station is Oakham. If you arrive there by 3.30 on day 1 you will be collected from the station.

What do I need to bring to the event?

You will need to bring your own laptop. Extension cables are provided but there is no printer available.

We will go for a walk every day so bring some walking shoes, and depending on the weather - a waterproof coat.

Once you have booked a place more details will be sent out.

What refreshments are included?

Full board: all meals, morning coffee and afternoon tea

Non-residential: morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. If you would like to have dinner on the first evening there will be an additional cost of £23 - please add this option when booking your place.

What can/can't I bring to the retreat?

No alcohol should be brought to Launde Abbey. There is a bar onsite with an 'honesty box'.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Alison Hardy is the organiser and facilitator for the retreat.

Alison has attended Rowena Murray's Training for Retreat Facilitators and the structure of this retreat is modelled on Rowena's research.

Email: alison.hardy@hotmail.co.uk

What is the cancellation policy?

In the event of a booking cancellation with less than two months notice 75% of the original fee will be payable and with less than 1 month notice 100% of the original fee will be payable.

It is strongly recommended that you consider taking out insurance and with this in mind Launde Abbey have recommended Cancellation Plan http://www.cancellationplan.co.uk .

Want to know more about writing retreats?

Read:Murray R & Newton M (2009) Writing retreat as structured intervention: Margin or mainstream?, Higher Education Research and Development, 28(5): 527-39.

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