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Virtual Writing Wednesdays

Find out how our weekly virtual writing sessions can keep you motivated, reduce your levels of procrastination and help you achieve your writing goals.

What is 'Virtual Writing Wednesdays'?

Do you struggle to find the time, space or motivation to focus on your writing? Do you really need to finish a thesis chapter, confirmation report,  journal paper or funding application? If so, come along to a 'Virtual Writing Wednesdays' session.

'Virtual Writing Wednesdays' provides a supportive environment at a set time to help you progress your writing projects. We will try to help you to reduce any distractions, share our tips to help you write effectively and you will benefit from knowing that everyone taking part in the session wants to achieve the same thing.

The sessions run weekly on Wednesdays from 14:00 - 16:00 on our Doctoral College Facebook Group. One of our Doctoral Engagement Ambassadors will facilitate the session. They will start you off by getting you to think about your writing goals and your environment. Once you are ready to begin, they will keep in contact with you to ensure you are taking enough breaks and are working effectively. At the end of the session they will help you to reflect on whether you were able to achieve your goals.

The sessions are intended to be structured yet informal, fun and beneficial to you. You will have to put in the work to reap the benefits but you will have our support along the way.

Give it a go!

Joining the session

'Virtual Writing Wednesdays' run every week on Wednesdays from 14:00 - 16:00. No need to book, everyone in our Doctoral College Facebook Group is welcome to join.

'Virtual Writing Wednesdays' take place on the Doctoral College Facebook Group. You will need to join this closed group in order to participate in the session. Whether you are on your PC, laptop, mobile or any other device, just head to the Doctoral College Facebook Group at 14:00 on Wednesday and one of our friendly Doctoral Engagement Ambassadors will explain how the session will work.

Ideally you will be able to dedicate the full two hours for some writing, but if you can't, no problem. Just check our Doctoral College Facebook Group to see what stage of the session we are at.

Making the most of the session

We know getting focused can sometimes be a struggle, which is why we've pulled together some handy tips from previous 'Writing Wednesdays' attendees.

Tips to help you before and during your writing session:

  • identify exactly what your writing project for the afternoon will be: a draft chapter, article, fellowship application or grant bid, for example
  • do as much reading and researching before the session to allow more time for writing on the day
  • set some goals and break your writing into smaller chunks
  • be realistic about your writing goals
  • if you get to a sticking point go for a short walk or take a break
  • don't try to write the perfect text in one go, write your ideas down and then go back and edit it
  • think about your writing environment and minimise any distractions
  • switch the internet off and put your phone in aeroplane mode (until the break)
  • bring all the resources you need in hard form, on a USB or saved to your laptop
  • remember your charger!

Join our next Virtual Writing Wednesdays session

Sign up to the Doctoral College Facebook Group