Writing retreats (May and November) aim to support
FIRLT/FINLO teaching academics and support staff:
- Previous recipients of FIRLT could use the time to write up their research outcomes for publication;
- Potential FIRLT applicants will be supported to write proposals;
- Any teaching and learning focussed research towards publications.
A writing retreat is seen as an opportunity:
- to create an atmosphere of trust and safety for productive writing;
- to help participants to learn from each other about the process of writing;
- to create a multidisciplinary community of writers who would provide support and advice to one another;
- to explore the important links between teaching, research, writing and scholarship;
- to have a productive working experience in which each participant would commit to a specific writing goal and try to achieve it. (Moore, 2003).
Given the COVID19 context, we are currently exploring the options for
support activities and a possible Writing Retreat for FIRLT recipients and applicants.
Faculties will be informed regarding these in due course.
November 2019 writing retreat
The November 2019 writing retreat was productive, resulting in four funding proposals and seven articles sent to co-authors or publishers. The May 2019 retreat was also productive with four funding proposals and three articles submitted by the end of the retreat. The result by the end of the retreat was that most participants achieved their goals with some submitting proposals and finalising articles for publication they had not thought they would be able to do in the limited time.