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
  • How to Draft Your Thesis
  • Getting Creative With Your Writing
  • Write a Chapter: Reduce Academic Writing Anxiety
  • Write a Journal Article Using IMRAD

All of our writing training sessions are available as on campus workshops and online WEBINARs.

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

Write Club is an initiated started in 2017-2018 to provide 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.

Write Club has been extremely well received by the PGR and ECR community. As such, we are delighted to announce that this initiative will be expanded from 2018-2021, funded by the Univerity of Exeter Alumni Annual Fund. This funding will enable us to broaden the impact of Write Club buy training our PGRs and ECRs to run their own, more regular Write Club in their Colleges and/or disciplines. The project will be launched as part of our on campus celebration of Academic Writing Month - Write Fest. More details to follow shortly.

In the interim we will be running interdisciplinary Writing Retreats open to all our PGRs. You can book on to these through My Career Zone.

We offer 1 or half day Writing Retreats at the request of and in collaboration with Colleges and disciplines. These follow the format and ethos of Rowena Murray’s structured writing retreats, with input and support from academics and writing specialists 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 or discipline.

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.

On a campu support is echoed with online support and materials through two ELE pages - the Doctoral Writing ELE page and the Insessional Research Students Group ELE page, for which you need to self-register by searching for the page on ELE, and using the passkey ins102z to gain access.

They can also offer a small number of one-to-one skype tutorials for those based off campus. Please contact Emma Sweemey E.K.Sweeney@exeter.ac.uk to make arrangements.

If you have any further questions about the Insessional programme and INTO support, please contact Soo Yim on S.Y.Yim@exeter.ac.uk

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 Streatham campus include: 

Got any suggestions of other writing spaces? Specifically on our St. Luke's and Penryn campuses? Please let us know!