Academic Writing Retreat Competition, 17th Sept


The Graduate School is pleased to offer two doctoral students the chance to attend a two-day residential, Writing Retreats for Academic Writing (16-18 October 2019 at Bowfield Hotel and Country Club in Scotland).

Led by world-renowned facilitator Rowena Murray, the retreats are for academics, doctoral students and people working on other types of writing, including creative writers.

How would this benefit me?

A key part of the writing retreats includes dedicated writing time and a framework for working on participants’ own projects. At a two-day residential retreat, it is possible to draft a chapter or journal article interspersed with periods of ‘down-time’ to allow you to reflect on your learning.

Some benefits of attending a focused writing retreat includes:

  • Getting the chance to clear your mind and focus on your goals
  • Your time becoming more productive
  • Content becomes sharp and focused
  • Ability to plan out your writing

Visit for more details about the retreats.


This competition is open to all doctoral students, and we would particularly encourage applications from those studying part-time.

The Graduate School will pay for the cost to attend the residential, plus £100 for travel expenses.

How do I apply?

To apply, you will need to complete a short application of no more than 250 words outlining how you would benefit from attending the writing retreat, and what your aims are. Ensure you keep within the word limit, and be clear and concise paying particular attention to structuring your response and making sure you cover all of the following areas:

  • Why you want to attend the writing retreat
  • Why you want to attend a writing retreat at this point in your studies
  • What you will work on at the retreat (your goals)
  • What you will produce as a result and how you will measure your success
  • How you intend to share your reflections and learning with the Graduate School and wider Manchester Met postgraduate researcher community.

We encourage you to be as creative as possible in how you propose to share your learning and reflections – this could be in the form of a video diary, blog, or whatever creative outlet you would like to use!

Please return the completed application form to before 23:59 on Tuesday 17 September 2019. 

The winners will be contacted the week by Monday 23 September 2019.

Download the Writing Retreat application form

Terms and Conditions

  • Applicants must be able to attend the full residential workshop between 16-18 October 2019.
  • Applicants must have the support of their Director of Studies in order to apply for the retreat, with sign off either by their DoS or 1st Supervisor.
  • Travel costs of £100 per student will be provided. We are unable to provide additional funding in the event that travel costs exceeds this amount.
  • Winners must be willing to engage in some reflection of the event, including, for example, social media posts, vlogs or a formal evaluation.
  • Winners agree to share their feedback and learning from the event in a post-event catch up. Details to be agreed in advance with the Graduate School’s Marketing and Communications Officer.
  • Winners must give at least two weeks’ notice if no longer able to make the writing retreat to allow replacement. Any monies received must be returned if no longer able to attend.


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