Writing

We provide a wide of range of writing support for PGRs, with training covering everything from academic writing skills to using Lego Serious Play to deal with writer’s block! We also run an extensive range of writing groups, which are facilitated spaces for PGRs to come together as a community and get some writing done. This support works in tandem with INTO, whose Insessional programme offers doctoral writing support if English is your second language.

Academic writing skills

  • Academic writing for PGRs

Dealing with writer's block

  • Getting creative with your writing
  • Lego Serious Play for writer's block

Writing your thesis

  • Focus on...writing up your thesis
  • Drafting your thesis
  • Writing a chapter

You can find a full list and book on to upcoming courses on My Career Zone.

As part of the Supporting PGR Writing Annual Fund Project, we have trained a team of PGR facilitators to run regular writing groups – face-to-face and online. These are structured spaces for you to bring you own work and get some writing done, with scheduled breaks and activities. We run three types of writing group:

  • Shut Up and Write – Using the international Shut Up and Write method, PGRs meet for 2 hours and divide their writing time using the Pomodoro technique.
  • Write Club – These are longer sessions that usually last 3-4 hours. Time is structured to include a combination of creative tasks, discussion slots and writing time.
  • Writing Retreats – Our retreats are very similar to our Write Clubs - only longer! Writing Retreats run 9am-5pm, and include a combination of creative tasks, discussion slots and writing time.

If you are interested in joining our team of facilitators, please contact researcherdevelopment@exeter.ac.uk. We have produced some resources to support PGR writing groups, including a Resources to Support PGR Writing Groups handbook, and accompanying PGR Writing cards, containing the creative and discussion tasks used by our facilitators. We have also developed a version of Supporting Academic Writing cards‌.

‌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. It’s hosted by PhD2Published, as an online space where the global academic community can pledge their writing projects, record progress, and share thousands of writing tips via the #AcWriMo hashtag on Twitter.

We will once again be joining the University of Sheffield WriteFest (#AcWriFest20) initiative, bringing together people from across the university to recognise and celebrate writing. More information will follow shortly.

The Insessional English Language Skills Development Programme offers a wide range of support for our international researchers. This includes a termly workshop series on Doctoral Academic Writing, subject-specific workshops for doctoral researchers in the Exeter Business School, and one-to-one writing tutorials. You can find out more on the insessional programme website.

If you have any queries about the one-to-one tutorial support or wish to make a booking, please contact Emma Sweeney E.K.Sweeney@exeter.ac.uk

If you have any further questions about the Insessional support programme, please contact Peter O’Rourke p.orourke@exeter.ac.uk or alternatively email insessional@exeter.ac.uk

COMING SOON - new online course on writing your thesis

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!