Postgraduate Writing Group
  • ; Having trouble staying motivated in your writing?
  • ; Need more protected time and space to write?

The Writing Café and Learning Development want to help out! 

We are running a regular Postgraduate Writing Group, specifically to address these issues for postgraduate students here at Plymouth.

Having trouble staying motivated in your writing?

Need more protected time and space to write?

Well the Writing Café and Learning Development want to help out! We are running a regular Postgraduate Writing Group, specifically to address these issues for postgraduate students here at Plymouth.

Dates have been set (see below) for the group to meet for up to three hours every other week. A member from the Learning Development Team will be available to offer support during these sessions and, these sessions provide opportunities for mutual support and writing with a shared sense of purpose. Research indicates that many postgraduate students who participate regularly in writing groups benefit from the protected space and time, and experience increased productivity, motivation and momentum (Mahler, et al., 2013).

Whilst the format of the sessions are flexible, other groups often involve: goal setting for the session, writing, peer feedback, target setting for the next session, as well as developing a supportive community of writers. So, get the dates below in your diary and come along for as little or long as you can manage.

Date and location

1 November 2018, 0930-1230    Rolle Building Room 214

15 November 2018, 0930-1230   Babbage Building Room 319

29 November 2018, 0930-1230   Babbage Building Room 409

13 December 2018, 0930-1230   Babbage Building Room 415

*dates/times and location correct at time of publication


Immersive Writing Workshops

This half or full day writing workshop explores the multiple ways in which researchers have to write in order to develop and communicate their work, from brainstorming ideas to polishing final drafts. Participants will be able to raise the topics that they want to work on, whether that it is honing their writing skills or overcoming barriers that inhibit their progress, with practical tips and ideas discussed to develop these areas.

The full-day workshop will look more closely at constructing arguments and understanding what makes ‘good’ academic writing both in general and within your discipline. In the second part of the day participants will be asked to bring along some of their own writing, and offer feedback to each other. Published texts will also be considered, again to look at their relevant communication strengths and weaknesses, and drawing out elements that can inform our own writing.

Utilising a range of individual and group writing exercises and activities throughout, as well as creating a supportive environment to discuss topics around writing, share approaches and processes, and provide peer feedback, this workshop will kick-start your writing.

Facilitator: Learning Development Team

Applicability: All research students and research staff

Course dates and times: alternate half-day (0930 - 1230) and full-day (0930 - 1600) workshops each 

15 October 2018, 0930-1230

20 November 2018, 0930-1600

21 January 2019, 0930-1230

22 February 2019, 0930-1600

21 March 2019, 0930-1230

5 April 2019, 0930-1600

3 June 2019, 0930-1230

Please contact the Doctoral College to book onto one of these sessions.