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PhD Writers' Week January 2019


The PhD Writers’ Week is an ‘in-house’, non-residential retreat, which takes place in the Writers’ Space in the Regional Writing Centre (C1-065). Similar to the writers’ retreats run by CTL, the Writers’ Week aims to help PhD students advance their writing. The PhD Writers’ Week provides a structured approach to writing, helping participants stay ‘on track’. In addition, writing as a member of a group, where distractions such as e-mail and Facebook are minimised, serves as an additional incentive and creates a productive work atmosphere.

The Writers’ Week is aimed at PhD students who have a specific writing project which they need to complete. In order to be successful, the Writers’ Week requires participants to have clearly defined writing goals, which can be broken down into smaller daily milestones. These goals can be the completion of the draft of a chapter (like the literature review, methods chapter), a conference paper or a journal article.


Registration Procedure:

  • Priority will be given to those who have not already completed a PhD Writers’ Week, but we welcome applications from anyone completing a PhD.
  • Places are limited to 7 participants in total.
  • Only PhD students who are enrolled at the University of Limerick or Mary Immaculate College are eligible to register.
  • Applicants are required to submit the Registration Form via email to
  • Applicants must provide a short endorsement e-mail from your supervisor – this can be included alongside the Registration Form.
  • A €50 deposit is required to complete registration.

Please note: participants can only register for the PhD Writers’ Week if they commit to attend in the mornings of all five days. Attendance will be recorded. 


Applications are now open for our next PhD Writers' Week, which will take place from January 14th to January 18th, 2019. The closing date for applications is 12pm (noon) on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018.

Registration forms are available here.