November 2015 AUT Postgraduate Writers’ Retreat

The final writers’ retreat for 2015 was held on Nov 2-5 at Vaughan Park in Long Bay. Vaughan Park was beautiful as always, the beach provided an excellent spot for thinking in between writing bursts, and staff from the University Postgraduate Centre and Student Learning Centre were available to help and advise whenever needed.

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Here’s what the students said about their retreat:

Excellent retreat, which gave me the opportunity to plan my thesis layout while also coming up with a draft of the first chapter of my thesis. David Airehrour

This has been a productive and enlightening few days. Lots of opportunities to revise and reshape what I have, it certainly feels as though I have achieved more here than I thought possible! Emma

The retreat helped to clarify the direction for my writing. Elisa

The writer’s retreat was unforgettable, with some productive dedicated writing time, many friendly folks to talk to, and the best part – beautiful Long Bay beach to explore. Sam

Like many students, I applied for the AUT postgraduate writing retreat to have time and space to write. But I got so much more than simply time and space. The retreat provided me the opportunity to completely immerse myself in my PhD. This meant I had time for reflection and a deeper level of thinking which is hard to achieve among the distractions and responsibilities in day-to-day life. Thank you to Jennie and Pedro for taking time out to facilitate a fantastic week and to the postgraduate centre for providing me with the opportunity to attend. Kate Prendergast

Were you one of the participants at the retreat? Add your impressions in the comments below.

If you’d like to attend a retreat next year, here is the information you need to know. Application forms are available by emailing, or look for them online closer to the time.

Postgraduate Writers’ Retreat
This retreat is on offer to all postgraduate research students at AUT.
Date of Retreat: Monday 18 April to Thursday 21 April 2016
Closing Date for Applications: Fri 18 March, 1pm

Masters Writers’ Retreat
This retreat is specifically designed for Masters research students at AUT. 
Date of Retreat: Monday 29 August to Thursday 1 September 2016
Closing Date for Applications: Fri 22 July, 1pm

Postgraduate Writers’ Retreat
This retreat is on offer to all postgraduate research students at AUT.
Date of Retreat: Monday 7 November to Thursday 10 November 2016
Closing Date for Applications: Fri 30 September, 1pm

About Graduate Research School (Auckland University of Technology)

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