Writing, writing and more writing
Do I have to write an article or can I work on my dissertation for EdJoWriWe?
Despite the title, we are actually quite relaxed about this. However, the week will be most beneficial to participants who are undertaking a self-contained piece of work. Therefore, if you do want to work on your dissertation, please try to designate a particular chapter that you will complete at EdJoWriWe.
Will it be hard work?
Probably: there will be a schedule and keeping to it will require both effort and discipline. However, one of our objectives is to explore planning and writing strategies that will make this sort of thing easier and more painless in the future.
Will I have to show my writing to other participants?
We won't force you to, but there will be opportunities both to receive and to give feedback, and we imagine it would be beneficial to take advantage of these.
Will I be judged if I do not complete a journal article by the week's end?
Not at all! This is our target and we want to see if it is possible but it is in no way required of anyone.
Will you publish my journal article?
No. Where and when you submit what you have written is a matter for you and your supervisor. The panel of academics early in the week might be an appropriate forum to ask in general about how to go about approaching journals etc.. We will also be running a blog in the course of the week and if you wish to discuss your own work in a blog entry, you are welcome to do so.
Should I expect to be able to submit my journal article at the end of the week?
We would strongly recommend you show what you produce to your supervisor and other specialists in your own field before submitting your work from EdJoWriWe. It is worth stressing at this point that we do not claim to be a replacement or a substitute for your supervisor and would expect your work for EdJoWriWe to be derived from your work with them, and that they would be consulted about the next steps once the week is over.
I'd be interested in following how this project goes. How can I keep in touch?
The best way would be to follow us on Twitter @edjowriwe Otherwise, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How is EdJoWriWe unique?
What will I get from this that I don't get from existing support structures?
Dr. Soule's workshop, 'Writing for Publication', will be specially tailored for EdJoWriWe. Also on offer is unique access to academics from across the LLC who have agreed to answer questions regarding publication. In addition, given that participants will be working to the same end in the same location, EdJoWriWe will provide both a procrastination-free, focused environment and opportunities for support and networking with other postgraduates in the humanities.
What support will be on-hand?
The co-convenors will be happy to answer any questions and, to a reasonable extent, help out with anything.. There will also be postdocs visiting at various points during the week who will be available to talk through any issues. Finally, a clinic run by a professional writing consultant will be taking place on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning where you can raise technical issues with your work. Given that everyone involved will be facing the same challenges, we are also hoping that participants will support and learn from one another.
Eligibility and requirements
Is this open to MSc/MScR students?
We will be prioritising 2nd and 3rd year PhD students, 1st year PhD students and MSc/MScR students in that order, should demand exceed supply in terms of places. However, applications from MSc students are still most welcome and, given that the application process is not cumbersome, we would encourage you to apply if you are keen.
Is this open to postgraduates outside the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures?
Again, we are prioritising PhD students from the LLC in the event of excessive demand but applications from postgraduates in other schools are nonetheless most welcome. The workshops and panels will, however, be tailored to students in the humanities so postgraduates in other areas might find the week less helpful.
I would like to take part in EdJoWriWe, but am unavailable 9-15th December. Will EdJoWriWe be running again in the near future?
We hope this will become an annual event. It is possible that another EdJoWriWe will take place in the second semester of this academic year. If you would be interested in attending this, please get in contact.
What do I need to bring?
Whatever you need: laptops, notes, books, snacks etc. We will have electricity and university WiFi. Obviously, people will be concentrating quite intensely in a quiet environment so it would be best to be considerate with the design of any music-making device you might wish to bring.
Is it necessary to have completed the research for the journal article/dissertation chapter prior to EdJoWriWe?
This is indeed necessary. We envisage little to no time being spent on research in the course of the week, although double-checking references and fine details is acceptable. 19 George Square is 2 minutes from the Main Library so this should be reasonably practical.
How much does EdJoWriWe cost?
What does this cover?
This covers the cost of the workshops, feedback from the professional writing consultant, as well as lunch Monday-Thursday (arrangements for Friday tbc). Given that we will be working in 19 George Square, participants will have access to the tea and coffee making facilities in the LLC common room. Participants will have to make their own arrangements on Saturday and Sunday, although some sort of bring and share agreement could be made if that seemed generally agreeable.
How do I apply to take part in EdJoWriWe?
Please send an abstract of your article (up to 250 words) to email@example.com before 4th November 2013 or use the form. This is to ensure that you have a basically viable idea for an article; the abstracts will not be shown to anyone else nor will they be used during the week. When you apply, please also let us know your school and your course of study. If you have any queries, please contact us by the same means. We aim to confirm your place no later than 7th November.
This is super exciting but I won't be able to write an article this time round. Is there any way I can be involved in the organisation of EdJoWriWe?
Yes, absolutely. We are looking for people to help out with a variety of different roles and responsibilities, including the following:
- Daily facilitators
- Social coordinator
- Catering liaison
- Academic handler
- Social media guru
If you would like to perform any of these roles, you would be very welcome to do so. However, you are also welcome simply to help out and gain valuable administrative experience. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.