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Online Writing Retreats

This year, to help support Women’s History Network members, the WHN will be using zoom to run a series of online, structured writing retreats.
The aim of structured writing retreats is to provide dedicated time in which to progress writing projects. The retreats will seek to provide a supportive, non-surveillance environment for writing without distraction. We will not review or give advice on the material  you are working on but many people find this  kind of nonjudgemental, social writing very productive; it can build confidence and can help if you are suffering from writer’s block, or have a tendency towards procrastination.

Programme for the sessions 

  • 10:00 log on –  armed with a coffee, tea or whatever your fancy is and meet other participants
  • 10:10 – Introductions, ground rules and goal setting
  • 10:15  – 11:30 Writing
  • 11:30-11:45 Break and discussion
  • 11:45-1 Writing
The retreats will be on alternative Friday mornings, beginning on 2 October, with subsequent sessions on:
  • 16 October
  • 30 October
  • 13 November
  • 27  November
  • 11 December

You can attend as many or few of the sessions as you like,

If you want to give this way of writing a try, you will need to register for retreats individually, registration will be open 2 weeks in advance:To book for the retreat on 27 November go to

To book for the 11 December Writing Retreat go to

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

In the meantime some guidance to help you prepare:

A Retreat works best when you:

  • Focus exclusively on writing.
  • Adhere to the timetable.
  • Do not use internet or other mobile technology for research, to answer emails etc etc during the retreat time.
  • Define specific goals and sub-goals and perhaps even a planned number of words to write.
  • Take stock of your achievements of these goals in the break.
  • Discuss your writing with other participants in order to build a culture of mutual peer support.

To prepare for the retreat:

  • Decide what you want to focus on writing.
  • Review the retreat programme and plan writing tasks for each time-slot.
  • Do as much reading and other preparation in advance as you can.
  • Download the research you need onto your laptop or a memory stick, get notes, plans, outlines etc. together along with an outline of the structure of your writing project in advance of the session.