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Writing Wednesdays

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

What is Writing Wednesdays?

Find out more about our Writing Wednesday sessions we organise for doctoral students.


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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 Writing Wednesdays session.

'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.

Sessions take place in-person weekly and once a month online for those of you studying at a distance.

Join our in-person sessions


Sessions run weekly on Wednesdays 2.00pm and 4.00pm in 10 West 4.09 and are facilitated by a Doctoral Engagement Ambassador. At the beginning of the session, our Ambassador will help you to set writing goals, keep you motivated to write and towards the end, help you to reflect on your progress.

No need to book, just come along to the session

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Can't attend in person? Join our Virtual Writing Wednesdays


Virtual Writing Wednesdays run once a month on Wednesdays from 2.00pm - 4.00pm. It's the same concept of our in-person sessions, just online and you'll be able to choose your own location. Come prepared to focus some time on writing and you may meet other students at the same time. The session dates are:

  • 15 December 2021
  • 26 January 2022
  • 23 February 2022
  • 30 March 2022
  • 27 April 2022
  • 25 May 2022
  • 29 June 2022

Join a session

Whether you are planning on joining us on your PC, laptop, mobile or any other device, you can sign up for a session using the registration form. You will be sent a Zoom link in advance where one of our friendly Doctoral Engagement Ambassadors will greet you at the start.

You should be able to dedicate the full two hours for some writing, but if you can't commit to the full session come along and just let the Ambassador know at the start of the session.

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How to make the most of the session


To help you make the most of your time at the session, here are our top tips:

  • identify exactly what your writing project 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 take a short 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)
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WriteFest 2021


During November and December the university is hosting a range of sessions and events to support WriteFest 2021.

Win a £30 Amazon voucher

As an incentive to help motivate you to get writing, every time you attend a Writing Wednesday you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £30 Amazon vouchers. The more you attend, the more entries you have to win a voucher! The draw will take place on Thursday 16 December with three random attendees being selected. One voucher will be given per person. If a name is drawn out twice, it will be reselected.

Writing Support

If you have a question or would like writing support, Justin Alam from the Skills Centre will be providing virtual 1:1 appointments between 2pm and 3pm on the below dates. To book your slot, please email Justin Alam with your preferred date.

  • 27 October 2021
  • 10 November 2021
  • 24 November 2021
  • 15 December 2021
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Contact us

If you have any questions about Virtual Writing Wednesdays please contact us.