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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 is taking place online. Enrol 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?

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




Where and when is the Writers' Lab held?

The Writers' Lab begins 21 April. 








drop into the virtual room between 9:30-12.30

English Unit facilitator



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 also suggest 5 minute breaks every 25 minutes, with a 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 mornings. You will  need to enrol to participate 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, she/he will step outside with you to help. In this virtual world, this will be a separate meeting, or a breakout room so as not to disturb the others writing. 

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

The Virtual Writers' Lab begins on 21 April. 

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 in April.

There is no obligation to come every week. 

The most productive academic writers are, however, those that make writing a habit (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 signing up with the Language Centre Assistant. Put 'Writers Lab Commitment' in the title.

Make this a weekly occurence dedicated to your writing.

If you would like a reminder email on Monday evenings, sign up with the Language Centre Assistant.

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.




Page last updated on 16 April 2020