RED researcher writing retreat

John Scott Meeting House  27-29 November 2017

Academic Writing Month (#LTUacwrimo) culminates in a three day writing retreat, held at the Melbourne campus. Run since 2015, this popular program facilitates you to work on your individual writing goals in a supportive environment.

The retreat will be particularly useful for researchers with a clear writing goal who can sustain three days of independent writing and is unlikely to be suitable for graduate researchers in their first year of candidature.

The retreat is designed to give you time and space to focus on an individual writing project: a journal article, a conference paper, a book or thesis chapter. Most of the time, you will be writing quietly in a room with others, towards your own writing goal.

To support you reaching your goal, the retreat offers:

  • A meeting with your writing, and space away from the office to work without interruptions
  • Spaces to join in Shut Up and Write-style Pomodoro writing sprints
    or alternatively to work silently with no interruptions
  • All lunches, morning and afternoon teas are catered, and covered by the registration cost
  • Optional writing workshops and writing resources
  • Optional shoulder massage (cost extra), and yoga for writers.
  • Opportunities to connect with other writers through the retreat.

What to bring

Bring to the retreat:

  • Your laptop and writing tools
  • If you use ergonomic or assistive equipment, please feel free to bring your own chair, footrest or auxiliaries
  • A plan for your three days of writing.

Regional and La Trobe External participants

Accommodation has been secured by RED close to campus for regional and external participants. Travel costs can be covered. After registering, please contact the RED team with the subject as Travel and Accommodation support for AcWriMo Retreat to discuss support.

Registration and Cost

The total cost for the retreat (including morning and afternoon tea and lunches each day) is $50.

The Retreat is now fully booked, please email the RED Team to request to be put on a waiting list.

Retreat Program

The Support Space (Meeting Room 1)

Find the daily convenor, log your writing achievements, book and receive a shoulder massage, or browse our extensive collection of writing resources.

Pomodoros and Workshops (The Chamber)

If you want a 3-day Shut Up and Write, this is the place for facilitated writing using the Pomodoro Technique of timed writing sprints. Optional writing workshops and yoga sessions will take place here.

Silent Room (Meeting Room 4)

Sit and write in collegial silence. All phones and email alerts must be turned off. Be quiet and respectful of fellow writers if you need to move around the room.

Food and Chat (Meeting Room 3)

Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and warm drinks, will be available throughout the retreat. Take a break, or connect with colleagues here.

Daily Schedule

Within the schedule, you are encouraged to take breaks regularly to maximise your productivity.



9:00 am


Daily planning session.

9:00 am- 12.30 pm

Choose your writing space. Write until lunch.

Take morning tea break when it suits you.

12.30 pm-1.15 pm

Lunch break

1.15 pm-2.15 pm

Optional workshop or Yoga

1.15 pm-5 pm

Choose your writing space. Write.

Take afternoon tea break when it suits you.

5:00 pm

Formal close of the day.

5:00 pm-6:00 pm

The building is not locked until 6pm, and you are welcome to write then.