One-Day Structured Writing Retreat

Date(s) - 05/07/2019 9:30 am - 4:45 pm

Michael Marks Room

Doctoral Students, Early Career Researchers

As part of our ongoing training and development programme, we are running a series of Structured Writing Retreats for PGRs, ECRs and staff.

Writing retreats are known to increase and improve scholarly output and research activity and can also be used to develop research capacity and grow research cultures. Attending multiple retreats is an effective way of making research part of academic work and life. Below is a paper by Murray and Newton which explains more about the research into Structured Writing Retreats and the benefits of engagement.

Building on the extensive research undertaken by Professor Rowena Murray and others, the aim of the retreat is to use dedicated writing time to progress our writing projects in a supportive, non-surveillance environment. We use most of the time for writing – all of us in the same room – with brief scheduled discussions between writing slots to try to generate solutions to writing problems, develop drafts and provide feedback on writing-in-progress.

The retreat will be facilitated by Jo Garrick and lunch and all refreshments will be provided. Please note that registration is now closed for this event.

Download the briefing notes for this retreat

Download Writing retreat as structured intervention: margin or mainstream? by Rowena Murray & Mary Newton

Writing Retreat Programme:

Arrive to set up laptop, have coffee and meet other participants

Introduction, briefing and planning writing




Coffee break


Taking stock, new goals, feedback

Travelling to the University of Leeds:

The Michael Marks building is building number 13 on the downloadable campus map (link below).

The University is around a 25-minute walk from the train station. Limited visitor car parking spaces may be available at the Business School but these need to be booked via Jo Garrick as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact Jo Garrick (