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.
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.
Where is the venue?
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 this will cost an additional £23 - plese select 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.
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.
Wifi/mobile access at Launde Abbey
Unfortunately none of the bedrooms have wifi. But each bedroom has a cable which can be plugged into a laptop for wired internet access. Wifi is only available downstairs, due to the thickness of the walls and floors. Wifi is available in the room we are based in during the day and this space is available to us in the evening too.