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 Twitter.

We will be joining the University of Sheffield WriteFest (#AcWriFest19) initiative, by bringing together people from across the university to recognise and celebrate writing. During WriteFest we will be running Shut Up and Write sessions and writing retreats to provide you with space and time to write, along with a selection of workshops and resources to support your writing.

WriteFest is a collaboration with the Universities of Exeter, Bristol, Manchester, Kings College London, KeeleSheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Derby and Adelaide.

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

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

How to get involved:

  • Book onto a workshop or writing retreat – have a look at our WriteFest events page to see what is running
  • Take advantage of the WriteFest resources that have been curated by us and others
  • Use the hashtag #AcWriFest19 to share your progress with other researchers, and follow @SHUDocSchool, @SHaRD_Programme and @shu_suw 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