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Strictly Come Writing: Early Career Researchers’ Writing Retreat 2020
Date: Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 July 2020

Location: Gladstone's Library, Flintshire, Wales
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A writing retreat brought to you by the Sociological Review Foundation
About The Sociological Review ECR Writing Retreat
Since 2016, the Sociological Review Foundation (SRF) has been organising an early career researcher (ECR) writing retreat. We are delighted to announce that for 2020 we’ll be organising a three-day ECR writing retreat facilitated by The Sociological Review (TSR) editorial board members Prof Steven Brown and Dr Cath Lambert. The retreat will be running for the second year at Gladstone's Library. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend three dedicated days writing in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere under the guidance of qualified writing retreat facilitators, with the opportunity to rest, socialise and enjoy the stunning surroundings of Hawarden village.

The retreat will be held in Gladstone's Library located in the village of Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales. Hawarden is 7 miles from Chester and 30 miles from Liverpool Airport. All writing sessions and meals for three days, as well as overnight accommodation for the nights of Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd July 2020 are provided. Taxi transportation will be provided between Chester Train Station and Gladstone's Library. You will be expected to be at Chester train station by 12.15 on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 for the pick-up. The retreat will finish at 17.00 on Friday 24th July 2020.
Aim of the Structured Writing Retreat
This retreat gives you dedicated time to progress your writing on a journal article, book chapter or chapter of your PhD thesis within a supportive and non-surveillance environment.

Divided into a series of strict fixed timed writing sessions with all delegates writing in one room at the same time, the facilitators will tell you when to start and when you can stop and to facilitate peer discussion to review progress during the retreat. During the retreat the facilitators will be available to support with individual discussion of drafts.
Gladstone's Library
Accommodation is located within the same venue as the writing retreat sessions. All delegates will have their own bedroom based on a single occupancy. All bedrooms have free Wi-Fi access, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and a radio. There are two fully accessible bedrooms available on the ground floor which are suitable for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility with grab handles and wet-room-style bathrooms. The remaining bedrooms are spread over the first and second floors, while the dining room and workshop room are located on the ground floor and are wheelchair accessible.

Places are limited and allocated on a single occupancy basis. Unfortunately, SRF cannot accept delegates attending with friends or partners unless there is an accessibility reason and evidence is provided in the form of a GP or support worker letter.

If you have any questions regarding the retreat’s accessibility, please contact:
Eligibility for Application to Attend
The retreat is for early career scholars or postdocs (within 3 years of award of doctorate) including postgraduate research students within the third year (or part-time study equivalent to the final year and write-up year) or write-up year of their PhD studies.

There are 13 places available to apply for on a competitive basis. All applications will be peer reviewed by editorial board members.

We invite applications via this online form.
Further Terms and Conditions
Please note, that you cannot be in receipt of both the following awards in the same year: ECR conference support 2020 and a place at the ECR Writing Retreat 2020. We also cannot accept applications from those who have attended our writing retreat in previous years.

Due to the cost of each place, successful applicants will be required to make a refundable deposit of £60 to secure their place.
Eligibility for Travel Bursary
The retreat is free of charge to those awarded a place, and there are a number of travel bursaries available for early career researchers who meet the bursary criteria: £150 (for UK-based applicants) or £250 (for non-UK based applicants), as well as childcare bursaries (£50 per day). All writing sessions, meals and overnight accommodation for the nights of Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd July 2020 are provided. Minibus transport will be provided between Chester train station and Gladstone's Library.

Please note, that we only consider applications for travel bursaries from unfunded students who are not in receipt of scholarships, bursaries from research councils or individual institutions to support their studies. We cannot accept applications from those in receipt of a full-time wage unless you are an ECR teaching fellow on a 12 month or less contract with no institutional conference/event attendance funding. We will seek verification of the employment and funding situations of those selected for a bursary due to the high number of applications we receive.

Applications for bursaries are via this retreat application form.
Important Dates
Application deadline: 28 February 2020, 17.00 GMT

Notification of successful candidates: 30 April 2020

*If you haven’t heard from SRF by 30th April about the outcome of your application, please check your spam folder and contact SRF directly.
Contact Details
For any enquires regarding the retreat, accessibility and bursaries, please contact the SRF events manager:
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