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Writing Retreats​


​​​Writing retreats ​aim to support FIRLT/FINLO​ teaching academics and support staff:

  1. Previous recipients of FIRLT could use the time to write up their research outcomes for publication;
  2. Potential FIRLT applicants will be supported to write proposals;
  3. 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).
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Skryfgeleenthede  ondersteun doserende akademici en ondersteuningspersoneel wat deelne em aan FIRLT/FINLO :

  1. Vorige ontvangers van FINLO kan die tyd kan gebruik om hulle bevindinge neer te skryf vir publikasie;
  2. potensiële aansoekers sal hulp ontvang met die skryf van voorleggings; en
  3. enige navorsing vir publikasie oor onderrig en leer kan by die geleentheid ondersteun word.

    'n Skryfgeleentheid is 'n kans:
    • om 'n atmosfeer van vertroue en veiligheid vir produktiewe skryfwerk daar te stel;
    • om deelnemers te help om oor die skryfproses by mekaar te leer;
    • om 'n multidissiplinêre gemeenskap van skrywers te skep wat ondersteuning en advies vir mekaar bied;
    • om die belangrike skakels tussen onderrig, navorsing, skryf en akademieskap te ondersoek;
    • om 'n produktiewe werkservaring daar te stel waarin elke deelnemer hom- of haarself verbind tot 'n spesifieke skryfdoelwit en probeer om dit te vermag (Moore, 2003).

Injongo yeendawo zokubhala kukuxhasa abahlohli nabafundi abafundisa i-FIRLT/FINLO​ ​nabasebenzi benkxaso: 

  1. Abathe bafumana i-FIRLT ngaphambili bangasebenzisa elo xesha ukuba babhale iziphumo zophando lwabo ukulungiselela upapasho;
  2. Abasenokuba ngabafaki-zicelo be-FIRTLT baza kuxhaswa ekubeni babhale iziphakamiso;
  3. Naluphi na uphando olugxile ekufundiseni nasekufundeni ngokujoliswe kupapasho.

    Indawo yokubhala ibonwa njengethuba:
    • lokudala imeko yokuthemba nokhuseleko ukulungiselela ukubhala okunenkqubela;
    • lokunceda abathathi-nxaxheba ukuba bafunde omnye komnye malunga nenkqubo yokubhala;
    • ukudala uluntu lwababhali bakwiinkalo ngeenkalo zolwazi abanokubonelelana ngenkxaso neengcebiso omnye komnye;
    • lokuphengulula amakhonkco abalulekileyo phakathi kokufundisa, uphando, ukubhala nobufundiswa;
    • lokuba namava akhayo omsebenzi nalapho abathathi-nxaxheba bangazibophelela kwinjongo ethile yokubhala ze bazame ukuyifezekisa. (Moore, 2003)


​​​Given the COVID-19 context, we are offering a virtual Writing Retreat for FIRLT recipients and applicants on MSTeams between 15 - 18 November 2021.  To attend it, please complete this application form and send it to finlo@sun.ac.za.

Virtual Writing Retreat – 7 - 10 June 2021 

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This was FIRTL’s second “pandemic” virtual writing retreat hosted on MS Teams. This time, an even larger number of participants tuned in. Feedback was once again very positive, and participants expressed appreciation for the opportunity to spend time as part of a community of practice. Structured sessions, discussions and presentations covered topics such as goal setting and contemplating one’s teaching, both in retrospect and with a view to the future. Activities also included a virtual mountain hike.​

Virtual Writing Retreat – October 2020 

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In view of the pandemic, the FIRLT Writing Retreat was hosted on MSTeams for the first time and feedback from participants was very positive. They enjoyed meeting other applicants virtually and developed a supportive community.  Structured sessions were presented to mitigate the lack of contact.  Participants enjoy a virtual meditative walk, presentations on FIRLT guidelines and on overcoming “stuck places" and blocks. Consultation sessions helped participants to resolve challenges they experienced with drafting FIRLT proposals.  ​

November 2019 writing re​treat ​

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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.​

Contact Details

  •    Jean Farmer​​
  •    finlo​@sun.ac.za
  •   +27 21 808 2956

2021 Writing Retreat Dates

  • Virtual Writing Retreat on MSTeams: 7 – 10 June 2021
  • Virtual Writing Retreat on MSTeams: 15 - 18 November 2021
  • FIRLT Deadlines:
    - 25 June ​2021
    - 19 November 2021