Writing Support

The Doctoral College offers a range of writing support for PGRs throughout their Doctoral journey. Details and links are provided below. A full list of writing support is also available to download in the PDF ‌Writing Support

We currently run the following training sessions to support your writing:

  • Argue to Think
  • Writing Your Thesis
  • Creative Approaches to Writing Your Thesis

Writing Your Thesis and Creative Approaches to Writing Your Thesis are also run as 1 hour WEBINARs, aimed at our part-time and distance researchers.

You can book on to our workshops and WEBINARs through My Career Zone.

Write Club is a monthly writing space for PGRs and ECRs. Inspired by Dr. Sarah Dyer’s Write Club in Geography, each Write Club is led by an experienced facilitator who structures the time for writing, discussion and creative tasks. The aim of Write Club is to provide a regular, dedicated space to not only ‘get writing done’, but also to encourage early and ongoing writing and provide an opportunity for ongoing peer feedback and support.

You can book on to Write Club through My Career Zone.

We offer 1 and 2 day Writing Retreats at the request of and in collaboration with Colleges, disciplines and Doctoral Training Entities (DTEs). These follow the format and ethos of Rowena Murray’s structured writing retreats, with input and support from academics as well as the Researcher Development team. They are intended to provide an intensive space to complete outputs for publication, and/or kick-start the writing-up process.

Please contact us on researcherdevelopment@exeter.ac.uk if you would like use to organise a writing retreat in your College, discipline or DTE.

SUWT is a fortnightly virtual ‘write club’ on twitter, founded by Dr. Siobhan O’Dwyer who now works in the Medical School. Each SUWT session is an hour long, and uses the Podormo technique to structure the session – allowing for 2 x 25 minute writing blocks, and 2x 5 minute breaks. The twitter accounts @SUWTues and @SUWTUK provide a facilitator that structures the time, and provide encouragement and support to participants.

We have developed an information sheet for you to find out more about how SUWT works.

Our Exeter Learning Environment (ELE) page is full of useful resources on writing – you might specifically be interested in our resource pages on:

These pages include all our workshops materials, WEBINAR recordings, elearning courses, and curated links to online materials and training.

The INTO Insessional Programme offers a wide range of support for our international researchers. This includes workshops on doctoral writing, writing tutorials, and the research student’s group.

You can find our more on the insessional programme website.

Do you need help with academic writing? If so then you can book an appointment with one of the Royal Literary Fund Fellows. The Fellows are available by office appointment to help all members of the University – undergraduates and postgraduates alike – with queries and problems relating to the practical aspects of writing.

To arrange a meeting, please visit the Royal Literary Fund Office and sign up on the door for a convenient appointment. You can find the RLF office in Room 237, Queen’s Building, telephone 01392 72 2450.

The university has a wide variety of study space available, including a PGR only reading room in the Old Library. The PGR Reading Room has bookable desks, and is a great place to write. You can find out more and book a desk through the Library Study Space website. 

Other spaces on campus include: 

  • Old Library Research Commons
  • Reed Hall