Strictly Come Writing: The Sociological Review’s Early Career Researchers’ Writing Retreat 2019

*Please note the deadline for applications has now passed. The next call for applications will be announced in Spring 2020*

Date: Wednesday 24th July, 2019 to Friday 26th July, 2019
Location: Gladstone’s Library, Flintshire, Wales

About The Sociological Review’s ECR Writing Retreat

Since 2016 The Sociological Review Foundation (TSRF) have been organising an early career researcher (ECR) writing retreat. TSRF are delighted to announce that for 2019 we’ll be organising a three-day ECR writing retreatfacilitated by The Sociological Review (TSR) editorial board members. The retreat will also be taking place in a new venue, Gladstone’s Library. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend three dedicated days writing in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere under the guidance of qualified writing retreat facilitators, with the opportunity to rest, socialise and enjoy the stunning surroundings of Hawarden village. 

The retreat will be held in Gladstone’s Library located in the village of Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales. Hawarden is 7 miles from Chester and 30 miles from Liverpool Airport. All writing sessions and meals for three days, as well as overnight accommodation for the nights of Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25thJuly 2019 are provided. Taxi transportation will be provided between Chester train station and Gladstone’s Library. You will be expected to be at Chester train station by 12.30 on Wednesday 24th July 2019 for the pick-up. The retreat will finish at 17.00 on Friday 26th July 2019.


Accommodation is located within the same venue as the writing retreat sessions. All delegates will have their own bedroom based on a single occupancy. All bedrooms have free Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and a radio. There is one fully accessible bedroom available on the ground floor which is suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility with grab handles and wet-room-style bathroom. The remaining bedrooms are spread over the first and second floors, while the dining room and workshop room are located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.

Places are limited at the retreat and allocated on a single occupancy basis. Unfortunately, TSRF cannot accept delegates attending with friends or partners unless there is an accessibility reason and evidence is provided in the form of a GP or support worker letter.

If you have any questions regarding the retreat’s accessibility, please contact:

The retreat is for early career scholars or postdocs (within 3 years of award of doctorate – excluding career breaks for paternity or health reason) including postgraduate research students within the third year (or part-time study equivalent to the final year and write-up year) or write-up year of their PhD studies.

There are 14 places available to apply for on a competitive basis. All applications will be peer reviewed by editorial board members.

Further Terms and Conditions

Please note, that you cannot be in receipt of both the following awards in the same year: ECR conference support 2019 and a place at the ECR WritingRetreat 2019. We also cannot accept applications from those who have attended The Sociological Review’s writing retreat in previous years.

Due to the cost of each place, successful applicants will be required to make a refundable deposit of £50 to secure their place.

Travel Bursaries

The retreat will be free of charge to those awarded a place, and there are a number of travel bursaries available for early career researchers who meet the criteria: £150 (for UK-based applicants) or £250 (for non-UK based applicants), as well as childcare bursaries (£50 per day). All writing sessions, meals (24th to 26th July) and overnight accommodation for the nights of Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July 2019 are provided. Minibus transport will be provided between Hawarden train station and Gladstone’s Library.

Please note, that we only consider applications for travel bursaries from unfunded students who are not in receipt of scholarships, bursaries from research councils or individual institutions to support their studies. We cannot accept applications from those in receipt of a full-time wage unless you are an ECR teaching fellow on a 12 month or less contract with no institutional conference/event attendance funding. We will seek verification of the employment and funding situations of those selected for a bursary due to the high number of applications we receive. 

Applications for bursaries are via the main retreat application form.

Important Dates

Application Deadline: Friday 15th March 2019, 17.00 GMT
Notify Successful Candidates: Friday 12th April, 2019.

We invite applications via this online form.


For any enquires regarding the retreat, accessibility and bursaries, please contact events manager Jenny Thatcher:

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