Writing Retreat: Call for Applications


The Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship [ISBE] Early Career Researcher [ECR] forum is pleased to announce details of its inaugural writing retreat. 

Why Attend a Writing Retreat?

As an Early Career Researcher it is very common to feel as though you are trying to balance many competing demands on your time and that your writing might be suffering as a consequence. Attending a writing retreat can be highly motivational and help build vital confidence to overcome the writing challenges currently being faced.  It can provide valuable time and space to immerse yourself in your writing away from the distractions of everyday life. As well as an opportunity to develop writing competence, network and share your work and writing challenges with other ECRs in a supportive and pressure-free environment. 

About this Retreat

The retreat will take place April 26-29, 2019at the Anam Cara Writers and Artists Retreat in Eyeries, County Cork, Ireland. The Anam Cara retreat is a very peaceful and inspirational setting in which to engage with your writing. Each of the private bedrooms at the retreat has a comfortable work station; in addition there are many communal indoor and outdoor spaces which can be used for writing. Additionally, the retreat has its own hot-tub, sauna, and many excellent walking/hiking opportunities on the doorstep which provide perfect opportunities to think about and reflect upon your writing. 

This all-inclusive residential retreat will provide participants with individual writing sessions, peer support and feedback opportunities, social meal times and group coaching sessions. It is intended that the small size of the retreat group will enable rich peer learning to take place during the retreat, but also kick-start opportunities for post-retreat collaborations to take place within the community of practice created. 

Preliminary Schedule [*flexible to change according to the needs of the group]

April 26PMtransfer from Dublin Airport to Eyeries, County Cork
 18:30pmEvening meal  
 After dinnerfree time to settle in
April 27-2808:00amBreakfast
 09:00amGroup coaching session
 10:00amIndividual writing session
 12:30pmGroup Lunch  
 14:00 pmIndividual writing session
 17:00pmfree time
 18:30pmEvening meal – reflections from the day; looking ahead to tomorrow
 After DinnerActivity to be determined by group
April 29AMBreakfast, Evaluation/reflections and depart to Dublin Airport  

Application Procedure

The retreat [to include 3 nights’ accommodation, all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as return transfers from Dublin Airport to the retreat]will be free of charge to successful applicants. Successful applicants are however asked to cover the cost of their travel to Dublin. Additionally due to the small number of places available and the high cost of funding these places, those who are successful in their applications are also asked provide a refundable deposit of £50 to demonstrate their commitment to attending.

Applications to participate in this initiative are invited from those who currently self-define as an ECR of entrepreneurship and/or small business. First consideration for places will however be given to applications from ISBE members. Decisions in relation to applications will be taken in pursuit of creating a group which will maximise opportunities for stimulating rich peer learning during and after the retreat. 

To apply for your place to attend please complete the application form and submit this to kayleigh.watson@northumbria.ac.uk no later than 12 noon January 31, 2019. All applicants will be advised on the outcome of their application in the W/C 18th of February 2019. 

Download the application form here.

In the interim, any questions in relation to this initiative and the application process can be directed to rob@isbe.org.uk


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