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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 Virtual Writers' Lab takes place online every Tuesday. 
  • 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. 




Where and when is the Writers' Lab held?

The Writers' Lab takes place on Tuesday mornings from mid-October to June. 








drop into the virtual room between 9:30-12.30

Ben Carver, Sharon McCulloch, Lewis Driver



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 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.  


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 (Use the Enrol now button above). We will then send you an invitation to enter the ZoomRoom.

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).

Do you want to make a commitment? 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.

Make this a weekly occurence dedicated to your writing.

You will receive a reminder email every Monday, including the Zoom link for the following day.

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

Bring your laptop.

Bring any texts you need.

Make sure you have a comfortable place to sit or stand while you work.

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.




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