Writing groups are run continuously throughout the year by Graduate Education Officers.

These include an informal weekly writing space and writing retreats.

  1. Facilitated Writing Space
  2. GRS Writing Group
  3. Writing Retreats

Facilitated Writing Space

One of the most useful strategies for effective progress through your candidature is to develop the habit of writing on a regular basis. 

Making use of the facilitated writing space gives you  the opportunity to get into good writing habits in a supportive environment.

  • Time: 1-4pm every Monday 
  • Space: Meeting Room G20, Hackett Hall
  • Requirements: Bring your laptop and some writing to work on. You are welcome to discuss your writing with one of the Graduate Education Officers during the session.

Please email Dr Krystyna Haq for more information

GRS Writing Group

This informal group meets every month to discuss a new writing topic. Ask any questions you may have about this writing topic over a cup of tea or coffee.

  • Time:12-1pm on the first Friday of each month
  • Space: Meeting Room G20, Hackett Hall

Topics for 2018

Feb 2Co-writing Strategies
Mar 2Writing discussion sections
Apr 13Writing about negative results
May 4Note-taking
Jun 1Self-plagiarism
Jul 6 Typography
Aug 3Writing about limitations
Sep 7Conference posters
Oct 5Managing feedback
Nov 2Overcoming procrastination
Dec 7Mind mapping

Previous topics

Feb 8Tools for Planning Writing
Feb 22Improving Writing Efficiency
Mar 8Academic Writing Style
Mar 22Tense in Academic Writing
Apr 5Presenting Tables and Figures
Apr 19Permission to Reproduce Tables & Figures
May 10 First and Third Person in Academic Writing
May 24 Academic Wordlists and Academic Phrasebanks
Jun 14Reporting Verbs, Modal Verbs and Transition Words
Jun 28Managing Drafts and Coordinating Feedback
Jul 19Editing Tables in Word
Aug 9Differentiation and Voice
Aug 23Reading Strategies
Sep 6Reverse Outlines and Revising Flow
Sep 20Parallel Construction of Lists
Oct 4Writing Concisely
Oct 18Topic Sentences
Nov 8Colons, Semi-colons and Hyphens
Nov 22Writing about Statistics
Dec 6Editing

Please email Dr Jo Edmondston for more information


Writing Retreats

Writing Retreats provide space and a supportive environment for writing and receiving feedback from peers. Some optional workshops are included in the retreats.


Research Proposal Writing Retreat 

Students early in candidature are offered a Research Proposal Writing Retreat 2-3 times per year. The retreats are held on the UWA campus and there is no cost to attend.

Next Research Proposal Writers Retreat: 4th and 5th December

Please email Dr Krystyna Haq for more information and/or to express your interest in attending.


Writing Retreat

Students who are later in candidature are offered a week long Writers Retreat. The retreats are held on the UWA campus and there is no cost to attend.

Next Writing Retreat: 26th - 30th November 2018

For further information and/or to express your interest in attending, please email krys.haq@uwa.edu.au 

Albany Writing Retreat

In past years, the Graduate Education Officers have taken a small number of students to Albany for a residential writing retreat. The 2016 Albany Writers Retreat was held from 26 SEP to 1 OCT and cost each student $250. Transport, accommodation and most meals were provided.

Currently, there are no plans to run residential retreats in 2017 or 2018. Please contact Dr Krys Haq to learn more about previous retreats.

Further Information


Feedback from Writing Retreat Participants