Across UK Higher Education, the month of November was ‘WriteFest’, a month for writing.
As part of our WriteFest provision, we ran four writing retreats, one a week. They’re structured days, set up specifically to allow academics to write, without the distractions of their daily work.
The retreat structure has always encouraged productive writing. But – with a whole month to play with – I was keen to examine the retreats themselves, and to identify and adapt anything that would make them even ‘better’ – to make the environment as conducive as possible to writing.
Now, at the end of the month, here are some things that we’ve learned, and changed.