The Writing Hub

"Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good." William Faulkner

Supporting our community of writers at Brookes

The Writing Hub is a gathering point for people interested in developing writing skills at Brookes. It encompasses staff and students, our academic writers across the disciplines, our present or future professional writers and those at every stage of developing their writing. The Writing Hub provides a network for sharing writing development activities and hosts regular events and writing retreats. It is a supportive space in which to share experiences, adopt new techniques and get beyond the imperfections of first drafts to reach your full potential.

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News and events

Online Seminar: The transformative role of scaffolding in academic writing tutorials (Thursday 29th February: 4-5 pm)

Colleagues from UCL have sent an invitation to the Writing Hub community to join this presentation by Cathy Morand, Associate Lecturer at the UCL Academic Communication Centre.

Academic writing tutorials are often at the heart of academic writing centre provision. However, such tutorials are a relatively unexplored area of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and academic literacies particularly within the UK higher education context.

In this seminar, Cathy will examine the potentially transformative role these tutorials play in facilitating students’ growth and development as writers within the academic community. She will highlight the scaffolding that takes place to facilitate this, drawing on research into the tutorial practices within the UCL Academic Communication Centre.

Write Space Writing Retreats 

Write Space writing retreats create a supportive, structured environment within which writers can meet a writing goal.

Whether face-to-face or online the format is the same: writers of any style and level create a sense of community containing plenty of quiet space to make progress with your writing. The group reflects together on the writing process at intervals, and there will be a Centre for Academic Development tutor available for you to talk through your work.

In participants' words, Write Space is a stimulating, calm, good-spirited, constructive and productive place to work; you might also get ideas for how to start a writing group yourself, as some have.

Dates for the next series of Write Space writing retreats will be available soon! 

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Join colleagues from UCL for a seminar on scaffolding academic writing.
an aerial view of Headington Hill Hall
Headington Hill Hall - one of the venues used in previous writing retreats.

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If you are interested in writing, wish to develop your own writing or are involved in developing others’ writing, we want to hear from you. Please contact to get involved or join our mailing list.