Strictly Come Writing: Early Career Researchers’ 2021 Virtual Writing Retreat

Please note, the virtual writing retreat is now fully booked.

Since 2016, the Sociological Review Foundation has been organising an early career researcher writing retreat, which provides an opportunity to spend two dedicated days writing under the guidance of qualified writing retreat facilitators. We are delighted to announce that we’ll be organising four two-day retreats in 2021, which due to the Covid-19 pandemic will take place online on the following dates:

Group 1: Saturday-Sunday 20-21 March 2021
Group 2: Monday-Tuesday 22-23 March 2021
Group 3: Wednesday-Thursday 24-25 March 2021
Group 4: Tuesday-Wednesday 30-31 March 2021

Aim of the Structured Writing Retreat

This retreat gives you dedicated time to progress your writing on a journal article, book chapter or chapter of your PhD thesis within a supportive and non-surveillance environment.

Divided into a series of strict fixed timed writing sessions with all delegates writing at the same time, the facilitators will tell you when to start and when you can stop and to facilitate peer discussion to review progress during the retreat. During the retreat the facilitators will be available to support with individual discussion of drafts.


The retreat is for early career scholars or postdocs (within 3 years of award of doctorate) including postgraduate research students within the third year or write-up year of their PhD studies (or part-time study equivalent).

The retreat is free of charge, and there are a number of childcare bursaries available (£50 per day).

Places are limited to 80 (20 per group) and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. We accept applications from those who have attended our writing retreat in previous years, but please note that priority will be given to new attendees.


Update – please note, the writing retreat is now fully booked.

For enquires regarding the retreat, please contact

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