Structured Writing Retreat with Professor Rowena Murray

Date(s) - 22/08/2018 - 24/08/2018 All Day

Sheffield Business School

Early Career Researchers

This structured writing retreat supported by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS) and Northern Advance Training Initiative (NARTI) will provide dedicated time and space to progress and prioritise writing projects. This is a supportive, non-surveillance environment in a peaceful location specifically aimed at early career researchers and late stage doctoral students in the management field. 

The retreat is based on three key evidence-based principles: 

  1. The ‘typing pool’ which means that we all write individually but are in the same room for the duration of the retreat (Grant & Knowles 2000). 
  2. The use of a series of strict, fixed writing and discussion slots (McGrail et al 2006). 
  3. The use of peer discussion to review progress during the retreat (Murray 2005). 

More detail of the retreat structure can be found in Murray and Newton (2009). 


  • Wednesday 22nd August (16.30-18:00)
  • Thursday 23rd August (09.15-17.30)
  • Friday 24th August (09.15-16.30) 


The output for each retreat differs depending on the writing project that you are working on. This may include writing journal papers, revising and completing a research proposal for external funding, drafting conference papers, writing up a PhD or writing a book chapter. 


If selected, your participation on the retreat, as well as meals will be covered. You will however need to make your own stay and travel arrangements. Please note that you should only apply for a place if you can fully commit to participating in the full retreat programme. There will be no allowances for later starts or earlier finishes during the retreat.  


Rowena Murray graduated with MA (Hons) from Glasgow University and PhD (with Distinction) from Pennsylvania State University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Professor of Education and Director of Research in the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Her teaching and research focus on academic writing, the subject of her journal articles and books, includingHow to Write a Thesis,Writing for Academic JournalsandThe Handbook of Academic Writing (co-authored with Sarah Moore). Her research has been funded by Nuffield Foundation and British Academy.