As AcWriMo rolls into its second week, we expect this contribution from two incredibly productive bloggers -Tseen and Jason – will inspire you to arrange your own no-fuss, low cost writing retreat asap!
Tseen Khoo is a lecturer in research education and development at La Trobe University. She is one half of the Research Whisperer team.
Jason Murphy works as a communications professional at RMIT University and is a part-time PhD candidate at La Trobe University. He is the founder of #MelbWriteUp.
The first #MelbWriteUp started as an experiment, to see if momentum from a 3-day writing retreat at La Trobe University (where Jason is a PhD candidate) could be sustained.
In his own words, here is what #MelbWriteUp is, and what it’s for:
“An initiative of Jason Murphy, but founded on the power of writing socially, #MelbWriteUp is a monthly, intensive, weekend-based writing day that uses the pomodoro method. Researchers at all levels of experience and from many institutions are using #MelbWriteUp to work on book chapters, journal articles, conference presentations and doctoral theses.
While writing is the main focus of our activity, researchers are also using the event to perform any research related activity, such as coding, transcription and data analysis. The day gives you the opportunity to dedicate intense, distraction free focus to your research – and to meet other researchers during the breaks.”