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#NaNoWriMo (& other things) for generative (& progressive) PhD writing – an update

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Just under a month ago I wrote a blog post about how I aspired to be a #NanoRebel and aim to write over 50k additional words to my PhD as part of the annual writing flurry of #NaNoWriMo. With only 1.5 days left on November  – how did I do? 19142 new words associated with my PhD in the month of…

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Announcing the #socialmediaretreat – 2 day retreat for academic practice

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I’m very excited to announce the next project that I am currently in the process of developing, the #socialmediaretreat to help support developing social media usage in academic practice. The first retreat has been supported by my PhD supervisor Prof. Rowena Murray and uses her well established structured writing retreat model as a basis for delivery of the retreat. It…

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Using NaNoWriMo for generative PhD writing

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This is the academic year that I complete my PhD. I am very fortunate to attend writing retreats almost monthly now. I’m at one in Dumfries just now writing this in my final session – I was at Gartmore last week (6.8k words of introduction redraft banked) & I have two booked in November. I’m now watching friends and colleagues…

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Three ways that an international research trip can benefit your PhD

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Last month, I had the privilege of taking part in a research and knowledge exchange visit to Osaka University in Japan. I feel as if the experience was incredibly beneficial in relation to my PhD journey, but also in terms of being able to understand and navigate academic life through an alternative lens. I’ve had this post sitting in draft…

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Blogging PhD Chat: Sometimes you just need to get up at 6am and write…

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 A few weekends ago, during an intense period of finalising a report for work, I redesigned my website (for the millionth time) and I made 378 entries on this blog private. I removed all pages that listed my publications, workshop titles and examples of work. There are now just over 150 left – and most them are from January 2013…

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Chronicle Calling: Developing a Community News Site for East Edinburgh

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September the 2nd, where does the (academic) year go – and what comes with September is brewing and pursing of new projects, a renewed focus for writing and a quick raid of the office stationary cupboard for some new highlighters and a packet of unopened packet of post-it notes – as the girl with a whiteboard instead of a mirror in…

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