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NOVEMBER is Academic Writing Month (#AcWriFest21)

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 #AcWriFest21 to share your progress with other researchers.

During November 2021, 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.

What is WriteFest?

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

With so many competing priorities and stresses, 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 writing papers, research funding, academic publishing, giving feedback on writing, and learning creativity in academic writing.

This year we have so many workshops, we have had to extend Academic Writing Month to 6 weeks! 

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 #AcWriFest21 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 virtual or in-person writing 'retreats' - where you will find time and space to focus on your writing.

Calendar of events

WEEK #1 The hardest part is getting started
Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
Giving feedback on academic writing part 1 01 November | 10:00-11:30

This is a 2-part workshop; you must attend both sessions

Develop your feedback skills

 

More information & booking here
Introduction to Research Funding 02 November | 09:30-11:30 Learn more about where to find funding and the process of grant writing and reviewing More information & booking here
Virtual mini writing retreat 03 November | 10:00-12:30 Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done More information & joining instructions here
Writing Wednesdays 03 November | 14:00-16:00

This is an in-person session

Reduce your distractions and write effectively at this facilitated writing session More information & joining instructions here
Overcoming Writer’s Block 04 November | 10:00-12:30 Learn how to identify and overcome writer’s block More information & booking here


WEEK #2 The second hardest part is staying started

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
Giving feedback on academic writing part 2
08 November | 10:00-11:30

This is a 2-part workshop; you must attend both sessions

Develop your feedback skills

 

More information & booking here
Writing without Discipline

 

08 November | 10:00-12:30 Explore the creative side of academic writing More information & booking here
Literature searching in the biological sciences (for PGRs)

 

09 November | 10:15-11:45 Learn how to search for literature and protocols in the biological sciences using BIOSIS Citation Index and other relevant resources More information & booking here
Thinking critically and writing critically: in Engineering and Design 09 & 10 November | 10:00-11:30

This is a 2-part workshop; you must attend both sessions

Learn how to construct and write a persuasive argument More information & booking here
Virtual Mini Writing Retreat 10 November | 10:00-12:30 Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done More information & joining instructions here
Writing Wednesdays 10 November | 14:00-16:00

This is an in-person session

Reduce your distractions and write effectively at this facilitated writing session More information & joining instructions here


WEEK #3 Building your writing habit

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
Literature searching in physics and related subjects (for PGRs) 15 November | 10:15-11:45 Learn how to find literature about physics and related subjects using INSPEC More information & joining instructions here
Literature searching for business, finance and management (for PGRs) 16 November | 10:15-11:45 Learn how to do effective literature searching in the key literature databases for business, finance and management including Business Source Complete (EBSCO) and PQ One Business (ProQuest) More information & joining instructions here
Virtual Mini Writing Retreat 17 November | 10:00-12:30 Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done More information & joining instructions here
Writing Wednesdays 17 November | 14:00-16:00

This is an in-person session

Reduce your distractions and write effectively at this facilitated writing session More information & joining instructions here
Your publishing record: present your strengths 17 November | 13:15-14:45 Learn how to present your publication record effectively More information & booking here
Referencing and plagiarism (for PGRs) 18 November | 10:15-12:05 Learn the principles and practice of referencing focussing on the Harvard (Bath) referencing style, and a discussion of the ethical issue of plagiarism More information & booking here


WEEK #4 Continue your writing habit

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
Thinking critically and writing critically: in the Sciences 22 & 23 November | 10:00-11:30

This is a 2-part workshop; you must attend both sessions

Learn how to construct and write a persuasive argument More information & booking here
Thinking critically and writing critically: in the Social Sciences 24 & 25 November | 10:00-11:30

This is a 2-part workshop; you must attend both sessions

Learn how to construct and write a persuasive argument More information & booking here
Virtual Mini Writing Retreat 24 November | 10:00-12:30 Make writing a priority by dedicating some protected time to get it done More information & joining instructions here
Writing Wednesdays 24 November | 14:00-16:00

This is an in-person session

Reduce your distractions and write effectively at this facilitated writing session More information & joining instructions here
@Home with Narrative CVs 25 November | 11:15-12:05 Learn about how to write a high quality narrative CV More information & joining instructions here


WEEK #5 Keep writing as a priority

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
How to write a research paper: in Engineering & Design 29 & 30 November | 10:00-11:30

This is a 2-part workshop; you must attend both sessions

Learn how to plan and write a high quality research paper More information and booking here
Writing Wednesdays 01 December| 14:00-16:00

This is an in-person session

Reduce your distractions and write effectively at this facilitated writing session More information & joining instructions here
How to write a research paper: in the Sciences 01 & 02 December | 10:00-11:30

This is a 2-part workshop; you must attend both sessions

Learn how to plan and write a high quality research paper More information and booking here


WEEK #6 Just keep writing

Event Date & Time Why should I attend? Further details
How to write a research paper: in the Social Sciences 07 & 08 December| 10:00-11:30

This is a 2-part workshop; you must attend both sessions

Learn how to plan and write a high quality research paper More information and booking here
Writing Wednesdays 08 December| 14:00-16:00

This is an in-person session

Reduce your distractions and write effectively at this facilitated writing session More information & joining instructions 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 WriteFest2021

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

Check out this fantastic podcast from University of Sheffield, 'How to Beat Digital Distraction and Write More'