SEDA Writing Retreat

A two, or three, day residential event offering support and dedicated writing time in beautiful surroundings

09 April 2014 - 11 April 2014

Location: Swarthmoor Hall, Ulverston, Cumbria

A common frustration for SEDA members is finding quiet time to write for publication. In response to members' requests this retreat will provide a quiet and beautiful space for new and more experienced writers keen to complete writing for publication or conferences. The writing retreat offers you a 'safe space' where you are encouraged to feel at home and gain that dedicated writing time free from the usual distractions with support from a facilitator. Swarthmoor Hall is a 16th century country house known as the "Cradle of Quakerism". It is set in peaceful and beautiful grounds and provides a very special environment for this retreat.

The days of the retreat will be about you and your writing. You won't be interrupted, but support will be available as will opportunities to share issues and ideas, including walks through the peaceful grounds, the wildflower meadow or the spectacular Lake District scenery.

The aim of the retreat is to provide an opportunity to complete a piece of writing, article or conference paper that is in the development stage. An alternative writing task might be your claim for Principal or Senior Higher Education Fellowship. For this reason participants are asked to identify their writing task on registration. Once your place is confirmed you will be asked to submit further details of the proposed writing project.

All participants will have their own comfortable room in one of the suites of the Hall, most of which are en suite. Shared rooms can be arranged at a reduced rate (please contact the SEDA Office for details). All meals are included and are home-cooked. Participants will need to bring their own laptops.

Swarthmoor Hall offers a conference room for those who want to write in company and there are cosy lounges in the suites where we can gather in the evening after our meal to talk about our writing. Please be aware that there is a limited internet connection at the venue.

Facilitators

Anna Jones is Reader in Education at the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University. Before that she worked at King's College London and at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include graduate attributes, disciplinary cultures in higher education, theorising academic development, academic practice, medical education and the role of higher education in society. She has extensive experience in both teaching and academic development. She has published in a range of journals including Studies in Higher Education, Teaching in Higher Education, HERDSA, IJAD, IETI, London Review of Education, Journal of Further and Higher Education as well as chapters in edited books. While she often finds writing a struggle and spends many days just sitting at her desk kicking the wall, it is something she loves doing and that she finds greatly rewarding.

Frances Deepwell is an Educational Development Consultant at Oxford Brookes University where she leads a professional development pathway to Principal Fellowship and Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Formerly Chair of the Scholarship, Research and Evaluation committee of SEDA, she has a deep interest in developing knowledge about what sustains enhancements in higher education practices, and how to evaluate and disseminate its effectiveness. She has published in a range of journals, and written chapters in edited books in the field of educational development and research, most recently co-editing a SEDA Special celebrating the achievements of small grant funding. As a developing coach, she loves to motivate others in building a narrative around their practice. As a researcher, she gets great pleasure from improving academic standards in our field.


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