'Writing in social spaces': Free Joint ISBE/AMED Writing Support Workshops: Part 1, Saturday 24 March, Aston University, Birmingham

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'Writing in social spaces': Free Joint ISBE/AMED Writing Support Workshops: Part 1, Saturday 24 March, Aston University, Birmingham

Time: March 24, 2018 from 10am to 4:30pm
Location: Main Building, Aston University, Birmingham
Street: Campus Main Building
City/Town: Room MB 204, Birmingham, B4 7ET
Website or Map: http://www.aston.ac.uk
Phone: 0121 204 3225 (direct, Weekdays); 0121 204 3000 Reception
Event Type: writing, support, workshop
Organized By: Kayleigh Watson and Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Mar 16, 2018

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AMED and ISBE are delighted to be able to partner in running two, free, linked workshops as social writing spacesInitially with early career researchers in small business and entrepreneurship in mind,  we've decided to create a few extra places for writers of different persuasions who are interested in opportunities to cross-fertilise.  Because of the action learning element, all you'd have to do is to commit to attending both workshops.  So please express your interest to me, Bob MacKenzie, bob@amed.org.uk, by Tuesday 20 March, and we'll confirm whether places are still available (we're limiting numbers to maximise everyone's air time) and send you final joining arrangements.  
Workshop 1:
The inaugural workshop on 24 March will be held at Aston University, Birmingham, with a follow-up workshop on 12 May.
Interactions will draw upon principles of action learning and critical friendship, and follow an agenda shaped by writing-related problems and issues that participants themselves identify.  For more information, click here.
Facilitated by Dr Kayleigh Watson of Northumbria University and Chair of ISBE’s Early Career Researcher Forum, and by Dr Bob MacKenzie of AMED, the sessions will address many common problems and satisfactions that academic (and other) writers experience, and aim to foster an ethos of mutual support, and encourage participants to acknowledge that being a writer is an important aspect of their academic/professional identity.

Quite apart from research-specific challenges, problems can include fear, procrastination, feelings of isolation, lack of inspiration or motivation, perfectionism, scheduling and prioritising our writing, and our inner critic.


Aston University are offering our venue free, but there are no on-campus catering outlets at weekends.  However, we'll have access to water coolers, and there are plenty of commercial food/coffee outlets shops.  So please feel free to bring your own lunch (and reusable cups (:)) , or to purchase food from nearby stalls.
If you would like to express an interest, please register here by 20 March. We'll then contact you with confirmation and final arrangements.

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