Event: Write-UP Residential Writing Retreat

The Learning and Teaching Academy are pleased to announce the first in a series of workshops and events to support colleagues in writing up education-related papers and publications. The first Write-UP (Writing for Publication in University Practice) event will take the form of a residential writing retreat in Inverness from the evening of Sunday 25th through to Tuesday 27th November, led by Gordon Asher who is an experienced writing retreat facilitator.

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Learning Lab - An Lochran, Inverness
University of the Highlands and Islands, An Lochran, 10 Inverness Campus, IV2 5NA

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£ Cost


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Alex Walker
email: lta@uhi.ac.uk
tel: 01463 279486

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The Write-UP writing retreat is intended to provide space and support for colleagues who are seeking to write an article, journal paper, book chapter or another form of publication that is related to some aspect of learning and teaching practice, educational evaluation, or educational research. This could include something you are currently working on, and which you are seeking space and support to conclude writing. Alternatively it may be something that you are currently in the early stages of planning, in which case the Write-UP writing retreat will provide an opportunity to start drafting your work.


You do not need to be aiming for a peer-reviewed journal article to participate in the Write-UP retreat, although we expect at least some colleagues will be working on publications of this kind. In addition, you could be writing about some aspect of learning and teaching practice, or educational evaluation or research, in FE or HE contexts, or within your own discipline area. You do not need to have any prior experience in writing for publication in learning and teaching, and we will be seeking to make a number of places available to those who are new to this kind of writing.


Places on the Write-UP writing retreat are funded by the LTA, with accommodation provided and a contribution to travel also available for those coming from out with Inverness. Places are limited though, and we will seek to allocate places across a range of academic partners, disciplines, FE and HE contexts, and levels of experience.


To express an interest

To express an interest in participating in the Write-UP writing residential, please submit a short outline proposal (of no more than one page) which indicates: your name and academic partner, and what you would intend to work on during the writing retreat. This should include a one or two paragraph description of the topic or focus, indication of the proposed format for your publication (e.g. journal paper, book chapter, article, etc), and any initial work already completed. Please also indicate whether you have a potential outlet for your publication already identified (e.g. a specific journal or periodical, edited book, blog or other online outlet), and whether this will be your first education related publication or if you already have experience in writing for publication in learning and teaching.


Please submit your expression of interest to lta@uhi.ac.uk by the close of Friday 9th November. Notification of places being allocated will returned by Wednesday the 14th November.


Please also note that there will be a second Write-UP Writing Retreat announced for later in the year, with details about an online Write-UP course also to be confirmed in the coming weeks.


Gordon Asher is an educator/learner, researcher/writer, editor/proofreader, ‘activist’ and cultural worker based in Glasgow.  He has worked as a Learning Developer (and latterly a Learning and Curriculum Developer) for the last decade (at the University of the West of Scotland and the University of Strathclyde).


He studied for a Masters in Adult Education at the University of Glasgow and is currently working towards a PhD by publication, within a broad framing – ‘In, Against and Beyond the Neoliberal University’; linking critical educational theories and practices within the academy with radical education outwith the academy.


He has taught a range of courses and subjects in Higher and Adult Education, ranging from Access to Postgraduate level - in education, social sciences, law, adult education/lifelong learning and learning/educational development - as well as (often educational) engagements in, with and for radical social movements and community and cultural groups/organisations. His interests include critical pedagogy, popular education, ecopedagogy, academic and critical literacies, critical thinking/reading/writing, social movement education, adult, community and higher education.


Amongst other commitments outwith the university he is a co-editor of Variant (http://www.variant.org.uk/), a board member of Strickland Distribution (http://strickdistro.org/), a member of the Social Science Centre (http://socialsciencecentre.org.uk/), the Centre for Transformational Learning and Culture (http://utlc2016.wix.com/home), the Centre for Human Ecology (http://www.che.ac.uk/) and presently engaged with the project for a Co-operative University (https://www.co-op.ac.uk/co-operative-university)


Writing Retreats: Having become a regular attender at my colleague Rowena Murray’s writing retreats (http://www.anchorage-education.co.uk/) – and finding myself and friends both greatly valuing them with respect to progressing a range of our writing projects and enjoying them more broadly as a chance to share writing issues with others – I was delighted to take up Rowena’s offer to train with her to deliver such retreats. I’ve since run ‘Rowena style’ and bespoke writing retreats, both within and outwith Higher Education. I have found my background in Learning Development and, as such, experience working with both staff and students on their academic writing – along with my experience as an editor - invaluable in supporting attendees at such retreats.


We want to make this a positive experience for all participants and hope we have met everyone’s needs in joining this event.  If you have particular access needs please contact us at lta@uhi.ac.uk so we can work together to get you as good an experience as we can.


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