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Shut Up and Write! for Postgraduate Research Students

Posted on 21 January 2016

Having trouble finishing a thesis chapter? Starting a journal article? Writing a long overdue progress report or conference abstract? Do you need to fend off procrastination, writer's block and that 'can't get out of bed feeling?' Then this is the event for you!

Shut Up and Write for Postgraduate Research Students is a simple concept - it's an opportunity for you to start, continue, or finish written work in a supportive environment with other postgraduates.

An opportunity for you to prioritise writing over everything else.

When: Wednesday 27 January, Wednesday 10 February, and Wednesday 24 February
Time: Any time from 9am to 5pm.
Where: Room LFA 144 (1st floor), Harry Fairhurst Building, University Library

How does it work?

Come and work in silence but in the company of other research students. Switch off your phone and using the power of peer pressure, avoid temptations to do anything but work on a piece of writing.

What do I need to bring?

A piece of work that you are working on. You can spend the time reading, taking notes, or doing analysis - it's up to you, but do have a goal in mind for what you want to achieve by the end of the event.

A laptop or pen and paper - it depends what you are working on and how you prefer to work.

What is the benefit?

Hopefully you'll surprise yourself when you see how much you get done when you focus.

Why not set yourself a tangible writing goal before you come along? Eg 'write x words', 'finish writing chapter', 'draft the methods section of my paper'.

You will also meet new people from across University. Once you experience it, you may be inspired to start up your own Shut Up and Write sessions with your new or current colleagues.

Do I need to book?

No, you can just turn up on the day, grab yourself a free refreshment, and get writing.

How else can I get involved?

Share your study tips on Twitter, and look at other people's suggestions, using #SUWYork