Writing retreat schedule

FORGING AHEAD is the official FORGE writing retreat. It is open to staff, visitors, and students who are generally interested, or actively working in the realms of forensic linguistics broadly defined. (I include here language and the law, and so forth.) It operates monthly from October to April on a middle Thursday of each month, from 1100-1530. Further details are below.

Upcoming dates (2018-2019)

Time Date Room
1100-1530 18 Oct 2018 FASS A008 (Meeting Room 1)
1100-1530 15 Nov 2018 FASS A008 (Meeting Room 1)
1100-1530 13 Dec 2018 FASS A008 (Meeting Room 1)
1100-1530 17 Jan 2019 FASS A008 (Meeting Room 1)
1100-1530 14 Feb 2019 FASS A008 (Meeting Room 1)
1100-1530 14 Mar 2019 FASS A008 (Meeting Room 1)
1100-1530 25 Apr 2019 FASS A008 (Meeting Room 1)

The schedule on the day

Time Duration Activity
1100-1115 15 mins Arrive, set up, add your goal to the whiteboard, make coffee, log on, crack knuckles, yawn, stretch, cue Eye of the Tiger, etc.
1115-1230 75 mins WRITE
1230-1315 45 mins Lunch
1315-1415 60 mins WRITE
1415-1430 15 mins Break
1430-1515 45 mins WRITE
1515-1530 15 mins Sit back, relax, check if you made your goal, pack up, go get some fresh air

Rules and advice

  • The writing retreat room is a silent zone from 1115-1515.
  • Dr Claire Hardaker will run the session (e.g. announcing timings, etc.).
  • You do not need to book a place to turn up, nor do you need to turn up every week. It is a drop-in session purely for when you need it.
  • You do not need to attend for a full session, however if you want to start late or leave early, arrive or depart during one of the breaks to minimise disruption.
  • Come prepared with a specific thing (or things) you want to write/read/edit/proof/mark/do.
  • You are welcome to bring drinks, (quiet) snacks, headphones, and so forth. The emphasis is on being quiet and doing whatever it takes to block out distractions.
  • Put your phone face-down where others can see it, and most importantly, where others can see you if you get distracted. It will help to keep you on-task.
  • If you’re aiming to write (rather than read) and you’re stuck, just write anything that comes to mind – skeleton notes, headings, ideas, whatever.