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The Writing Retreats provide an opportunity and space for final year research students and research staff to get to grips with writing.

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Dr Grace D Poulter is a senior lecturer in Academic Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Dr Poulter is also an accredited IELTS examiner with many years of experience in teaching EAP to postgraduate students in the Scottish HE sector.

Virtual Writing Retreats

The Graduate School Writing Retreats have been designed to help final year research students and research staff get to grips with writing, by giving you the space and the opportunity. Until recently we all met together in the same actual space, but from now on we’ll be using virtual space.

Please be prepared:

  • to focus upon a single issue for which you have perhaps 3 or 4 discrete sections that you will write about in each of the sessions
  • or work with short topics that you will complete in each of the sessions
  • or come with planned activities that will take you through the 3 or 4 sessions on a single topic/piece of writing, e.g. 1. Write, 2. Redraft, 3. Edit, 4. Format and finesse final version.

Of course, no one will be checking what you write, so this is just a guideline, but you should bear in mind that the main purpose of the day is writing as an activity, not research and not reading – these are separate activities for different days.

The format of the day will be:

10.00 - 10.30 Intros and goal setting (on MS Teams)

10.30 - 12.00 Writing session 1 (offline)

12.00 - 12.30 Lunch (together -optional- on MS Teams )

12.30 - 2.00 Writing session 2 (offline)

2.00 - 2.30 Break (together -optional- on MS Teams)

2.30 - 4.00 Writing session 3 (offline)

4.00 - 4.30 Catch-up and feedback (on MS Teams)

4.30 - 5.30 Voluntary writing session 4 (Dr Poulter will remain online for this session in case people want to discuss anything)

If you complete sessions 1-3 you will have accomplished 4 hours of focussed writing and 5 hours if you choose to work through the final session.

Please note: This session will take place on MS Teams, once you have signed up on Eventbrite you will be sent a link 24 hours before the event begins, when registration has closed.

This workshop corresponds to the domains B and A of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework.

For more information please email the Graduate School at

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