November is Academic Writing Month, an academic write-a-thon that happens every year, inspired by NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but catering to the specific needs of academic writers. Originally hosted by ‘PhD2Published’, the global academic community has now taken up the annual challenge to support each other to pledge their writing projects, record progress, and share thousands of writing tips via the #AcWriMo hashtag on X (formerly Twitter).

We will be joining the University of Sheffield WriteFest (#AcWriFest23) initiative, with the aim of bringing together people from across the university to recognise and celebrate academic writing. During WriteFest there will be online writing sessions (a virtual time and space to write), discussion forums and workshops focused on different aspects of writing.

Details of other WriteFest partner university websites and their programmes will be added here in due course.

The festival aims to provide protected time and space for writing to help you to:

develop good writing
practices and strategies
overcome blocks,
proactive approach
academic writing as
part of the working day
spend some time out
writing with others

How to get involved:

  • Take advantage of the WriteFest resources that have been curated by us and others
  • Use the hashtag #AcWriFest23 to share your progress with other researchers, and check the Doctoral School events calendar to keep up to date with what is happening during the month.
  • Also use the Academic Writing Month hashtag #AcWriMo to get some inspiration from Academic Writing Month overall