Postgraduate Writing Group
  • < What can I expect from online teaching?
  • ; How can I prepare for my sessions?
  • q How will I speak to everyone else on my course?
  • A Will there still be support available?

The Writing Café and Learning Development can help!

 We run 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

Semester 1

26th September 2019, 0930-1230    Babbage 417

10th October 2019, 1300 - 1630       Babbage 007

24th October 2019, 0930-1230         Babbage 415

7th November 2019, 0930-1230       Babbage 417

Semester 2

17th March 2020     14:00 - 16:00      Babbage 003 - CANCELLED

21st April 2020        10:00 - 12:00      Babbage 404 - CANCELLED

7th May 2020           13:00 - 15:00     Babbage 412

21st May 2020         10:00 - 12:00     Rolle 109

*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

Half Day Workshop: 17th October 2019 09:30-12:30

Full Day Workshop: 22nd November 2019 09:30-17:00

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