Writing retreats aka binge writing: pros and cons

1 04 2014

Interesting thoughts here, and I like the possibility of a writing retreat for academic women. As a “burst” writer, who wrote my MSc thesis in ten days (after thinking about it for many more), I think this approach may well work for me and my non-fiction book.

DoctoralWriting SIG

By Susan Carter

I am at a desk overlooking trees soaking up misty rain. This post represents a spasm of procrastination from the article that I’m writing on what is for me a new area of research interest.

Beside me I have an ambitious stack of reading for the week; I need to get my head round recent literature. In front of me, the laptop, currently showing my resurrected Endnote library—somehow I have lost a more recent version so need to move on and recreate. Around me, other women academics are also writing, including a couple of them finishing their PhD theses, and a couple who are newly graduated and now pumping out articles to meet their post-doc grants’ mandates.

It’s the third day of one of Barbara Grant’s writing retreats for academic women. I have read five articles and skimmed two journals—two books and another five journals sit waiting…

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