Writing retreats and communities

Discover ways to join the growing community of writing practice at Oxford Brookes 

Write Space virtual writing retreats

These sessions, hosted by the Centre for Academic Development, enable writers of any style and level to work on their own writing within a supportive, structured environment in order to achieve a personal writing goal. You can pop into a break-out room to chat through any blocks to writing, and the group reflects together on the writing process before, during and after a good day’s work.

Sessions are currently online via Zoom.

Who is it for? 

  • Any Brookes students and staff


  • Please check back early in semester 1 for dates.

Peer review circle for HSS

Share current thinking about your writing at any point in the process from first conception to pre-submission edits. This is an informal forum that gives writers-in-progress the opportunity for:

  • exchange of issues related to current and future writing projects

  • peer support and feedback.

These events will be in person. Information about venues will be available closer to the date.

Contact Susannah Wright or Jane Spiro with any queries.

Who is it for? 

  • Students and staff in HSS


  • Please check back early in semester 1 for dates.

Virtual Bodleian writing mornings for HSS

These provide HSS staff and postgraduates with a dedicated space for writing. On Friday each month from 9.00am-12:30pm, colleagues aim to write, meeting on Zoom between 10.30 and 11.00am. Join in for as little or as much as you are able.

Contact Susannah Wright for the Zoom link or with any queries.

Who is it for? 

  • Postgraduate students and staff in HSS.


  • Please check back early in semester 1 for dates.

Centre for Nursing and Midwifery academic writing community

This regular online writing group is for any member of staff, either highly experienced, intermediate, or a novice who wants to meet regularly in a supportive and nurturing environment to work on current writing projects which are not limited to journal articles alone. The group is also open to master's dissertation writers, professional doctorate students, and PhD students.

Please contact Dr Marion Waite if you would like to receive the invitations and links. All that is required of you is to show up to write.

Who is it for? 

  • Nursing and Midwifery staff and postgraduate students.


  • First Wednesday of each month, 5.00-6.30pm
  • Third Friday of each month, 10.00-11.30am

Shut-Up-and-Write (HSS, EML and HPC postgraduates)

Postgraduate students in HSS, EML and HPC are invited to these Shut-Up-and-Write sessions which take place during semester time. These are quiet hours to write in a distraction-free environment with regular breaks to check in with others. Think of it as your writing oasis and as a way to connect with other students.

Contact Nicole Pohl for more details.

Who is it for? 

  • HSS, EML and HPC postgraduate students.


  • Please check back early in semester 1 for dates.

Writing Retreats for DNurs Students

A series of 3 writing retreats have been planned for students enrolled on the DNurs programme: 

  • Finalising your thesis for the endgame, focusing on writing the conclusion, the abstract and revising the overall document (for year 5 students)
    • 17 September 2022
    • 9:00am- 4:00pm
    • on campus
  • Writing your methodology chapter (for students in years 3, 4 & 5) 
    • February 2023, exact date and time TBC

For more information, please contact Dr Marion Waite.

Who is it for? 

  • DNurs students in years 3,4 & 5


  • Saturday 17 September, 9:00am- 4:00pm 
  • February 2023, date and time TBC

Creative Writing Society

The Student Union society for those who enjoy writing, whether you write novels, poetry, short stories or screenplays. No previous experience is needed - the society is a safe space to learn and develop your writing skills!

Media, Journalism and Publishing Society

For students wanting to explore developing their skills in writing for a variety of media and meet others with simlar interests.

External writing communities you may wish to explore...

Shut Up and Write!

Meet up online with people from all over the world and then get some writing done.

Writer's HQ

Frequent ‘super-productive lockdown-friendly writing retreats’.

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