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#SummerThesis Writing Retreat


One of my PhD colleagues - Frances, came a up with a brilliant idea of organising one-day writing retreats this summer. After talking about possible dates and locations, I decided to host the first #SummerThesis meeting in my flat.

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The concept of a writing retreat isn't a new thing. The Internet is full of links and articles, buzzing about the positive aspects of joining or oganising your own retreat. This blog post from The Thesis Whisperer, refers to an article which claims that traveling to far away places ( or simply thinking about it!), can significantly boost your creativity. From my personal perspective, I know that removing myself from everyday distractions to focus on work, worked for me in the past. In fact, only last month, I was housesitting for my parents for 10 days and managed to be super productive with my literature review.


Frances's idea of #ThesisSummer is slightly different. The semi-intensive structure of group writing sessions, mean that we will have to divide the day into writing and no-writing sections. The session will take place from 9.00 till 16.30. This gives us some time for planning and discussing our writing goals for the day, intensive writing slots and social bits.

I'll report back about the outcomes of the session soon #happyWriting



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Dr Alicja Pawluczuk

Alicja’s research and community education practice focuses on digital inclusion, digital, and data literacy. She is a founding director of the digital inclusion and digital storytelling collective Digital Beez. Through the use of participatory, critical and multidisciplinary approaches, she aims to examine the power dynamics associated with the digital and data divides.

Alicja’s digital inclusion practice is rooted in the areas of democratic education and community development. She has extensive experience in digital inclusion community projects design, facilitation, and evaluation. Both her community engagement practice and her research are characterised by the use of experimental and interactive methodologies. Over the last 10 years, her work has been responding and changing in accordance with the contexts of digitalization of society. Alicja has a track record of peer-reviewed publications and cross-disciplinary public engagement activities. Both her research and practice are characterised with the use of experimental and creative methods. She has managed and contributed to digital literacy and digital inclusion and learning projects with the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and Erasmus.

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