NOVEMBER is Academic Writing Month (#AcWriFest20)

 

What is WriteFest?

November is Academic Writing Month. This annual event was established as a way to support academic writing via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter. Use the hashtag #AcWriFest20 to share your progress with other researchers.

During November 2020, the Centre for Learning & Teaching and Research & Innovation Services are providing a local contribution to academic writing month, with the aim of bringing people together to raise awareness and celebrate academic writing.

WriteFest is a collaboration with the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, SheffieldExeterBristol, Kings College London, Keele, Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Newcastle, Derby and Adelaide.

With all the competing priorities and stresses of this year, it may seem impossible to even think about writing. Use this month to help you build productive habits and get your writing mojo back!

We have weekly mini writing retreats & many workshops, covering grant writing, academic publishing, and simply finding joy in writing.

 

Festival Aims

This festival aims to provide protected time and space for writing, to help you to:

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develop good writing practices and strategiesovercome blocks, proactive approachacademic writing as part of the working dayspend some time out writing with others
How to get involved
  • Book onto a workshop or writing session - have a look at our list to see what is running.
  • Use the hashtag #AcWriFest20 to share your progress with other researchers, and follow @clt_bath and @UniofBathRIS to keep up to date with what is happening during the month.
  • Follow the hashtag #AcrWriMo to get some inspiration from your peers over Academic Writing month.
  • Join the weekly WriteFest20 Coffee events to catch up with fellow writers, share challenges and solutions, and talk about all aspects of academic writing.

Calendar of events

WEEK #1 The hardest part is getting started

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
WriteFest Coffee: getting your writing started 02 November | 15:00-16:00 Hear about strategies for getting your writing started and keeping up the momentum Register here
Overcoming Writer’s Block 05 November | 10:00-12:30 Learn about the causes of writer’s block & how to overcome them More information & booking here
Expert Tips for Publishing 05 November | 18:00-19:30 Learn tips from experts working in the editorial sector More information & booking here
Virtual Mini Writing Retreat 06 November | 10:00-12:30 Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done More information can be found here

No need to book, join the session here

 

WEEK #2 The second hardest part is staying started

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
WriteFest Coffee: diversity in research - expanding your research horizons 9 November | 09:30-12:30 To talk about how and why we should be expanding our reading lists to improve our writing More information & booking here
Introduction to Research Funding 10 November | 15:00-16:00 To gain an overview of the funding landscape & processes Register here
Getting Started with Grant Writing 10 November | 13:30-16:00 For an overview of grant writing best practice More information & booking here
Virtual Mini Writing Retreat [THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INTERNET ISSUES] Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done [This session has been cancelled]

 

WEEK #3 Building your writing habit

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
Writing without Discipline 16 November | 10:00-12:00 To change the way your think and approach writing More information & booking here
WriteFest Coffee: supporting others writing 16 November | 15:00-16:00 To join others and share your experiences of developing a writer Register here
Publishing Record: Present your Strengths 18 November | 13:15-14:15 To learn how to present your publication record effectively Course materials on Moodle
Book here
Virtual Mini Writing Retreat 18 November | 14:00-16:30 Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done More information can be found here

No need to book, join the session here

Write Here, Write Now 19 November | 13:30-16:00 For writing time + support/feedback on your HEA Fellowship (all categories) application More information & book here

WEEK #4 Continue your writing habit

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
WriteFest Coffee 23 November | 15:00-16:00 To talk about creative ways to share your research ideas Register here
How to handle impact in EPSRC proposals 24 November | 10:30-12:00 To gain practical advice on how to include impact in your funding applications Register here
Getting Social; find your online voice 25 November | 14:00-16:00 To explore how to write and share your work through social media More information & booking here
Virtual Mini Writing Retreat 27 November | 10:00-12:30 Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done More information can be found here

No need to book, join the session here

WEEK #5 Keep writing as a priority

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
Virtual Mini Writing Retreat 30 November | 10:00-12:30 Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done More information can be found here

No need to book, join the session here

 

 

 

 

 

More information, contact

Dr Amy Birch

 

Download your WRITER badge and add to your email signature or twitter image to show your support for WriteFest2020

WriteFest 2020 badge with Twitter hand #AcWritFest20

More information on what to expect at the mini Virtual Writing Retreats can be found in this video

We have also created a set of short videos with writing tips to support your throughout November