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Virtual Writers' Lab

 or "Shut up and write!"

 

If you would like to write in virtual company with access in real-time to an English Unit facilitator, the Writers' Lab takes place online twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays. Enrol below if you are interested in participating.
 
  • Do you suffer from Writer's Block?
  • Do you have difficulty managing time?
  • Do you simply like the idea of a structured writing space with inbuilt support?
  • Do you like writing in (virtual) company?

The Virtual Writers' Lab might be the place for you. 

 

 

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Where and when is the Writers' Lab held?

The Writers' Lab takes place on Tuesday & Friday mornings from mid-October to December. 

 

Room

Day

Time

Instructor

Online

Tuesday & Friday

drop into the virtual room between 9:30-12.30

Nicola Hargreaves, Fergal Treanor, Ben Carver

 


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What is the Virtual Writers' Lab?


The Writers' Lab is a protected writing space, similar to a 'Writing Boot Camp' or 'Shut up and write!' sessions, but with expert support available when you need it. It is held on Zoom, so that you can see and be seen in gallery view, holding you accountable to your time writing. We stop you for regular 5-minute breaks, with a slightly longer one in the middle. 

For two or three hours every week you can simply 'shut up and write' in the company of other writers. The Writers' Lab is not a course. You can join in at any time between 9.30 and 12.30 on Tuesday and Friday mornings. To participate, you need to enrol in the Virtual Writers' Lab.

If you need support while you write, a member of the English Unit will be in the room all morning quietly working alongside you (virtually). If you have any questions, you can use the private chat function to communicate with him/her.  

Please note that for lengthier discussions you can book an Individual Consultation.  

The Virtual Writers' Lab begins again on 13 October. 

Who can participate in the Writers' Lab?


Any member of the EUI can participate in the Writers' Lab.

It is open to researchers, staff members, fellows and partners. 

If you need to write, you can participate.

What do I have to do to participate in the Writers' Lab?


The Writers' Lab is not a course. Anyone who needs to write can participate.

You need to sign up for the Virtual Writers' Lab. We will then send you an invitation to enter the ZoomRoom. The Writers' Lab begins again in October.

There is no obligation to come every week. However, the most productive academic writers are, they say, those that make writing a habit (see, for example: Boice 2000; Krashen 2002; Belcher 2009).

One way of creating habits is by creating an outside commitment, so we suggest you commit to coming along by making a pact with a friend/colleague/partner or by signing up with Nicola Hargreaves. Put 'Writers Lab Commitment' in the subject line.

Make this a weekly occurence dedicated to your writing.

If you would like a reminder email on Monday evenings, sign up with Nicola Hargreaves. Put 'Writers' Lab Commitment' in the subject line.
 

What do I need to bring to the Writers' Lab?


Bring your laptop.

Bring any texts you need.

Bring a thermos or change for the coffee machine, or, in this new virtual world, your own cup from your own kitchen.

Bring determination to write.

Turn off your emails, messages, social media for the duration of the Writers' Lab. Or, at the very least, turn off the notifications, and only check them during the long break.

 

 

 

Page last updated on 15 October 2020