The PhD Writing Hour


A daily virtual PhD writing group to help you develop a more consistent writing routine.

 

 

Join us at any of three daily group writing sessions

The PhD Writing Hour is a writing group for PhD students. It is your way of building a more consistent writing routine. Three times each weekday, we run a Zoom based group writing session. By making the commitment to attend some or all of these, you’re building a strong foundation for your thesis writing practice.

It takes place three times each weekday (join as many or as few sessions as you like):

  • 10am UK time
  • 2pm UK time
  • 5pm UK time

Times don’t work for you? Let us know.

Show up at as many of the Zoom-based sessions as you like for a quiet hour in which to boost your word count, whether you’re working on a progress report, your first draft, or a final polish.

It’s an empowering experience, particularly once you start to see how much progress you make, and how much more easily you are able to write.

And writing in the virtual company of other students has a powerful effect. Not only do you build community by seeing similar faces, you know that you’re surrounded by people in a similar situation to you. Being in the company of others is very motivating.

Click here to start your 14-day free trial.

the phd writing hour

The PhD Writing Hour is like working around strangers in the library. We recreate that diligent atmosphere you feel when people are quietly concentrating around you. 

Alongside daily writing sessions, get access to writing challenges, templates and courses

The PhD Writing Hour has been developed after thousands of conversations with doctoral students around the world.

We know that the written word can be a struggle for many PhD students and understand how hard it is to adopt a regular writing routine. The truth is, academics benefit from writing groups well beyond PhD level too (85% say a faculty writing group has a ‘very positive’ impact on their productivity).

You’ll be motivated by the company of a professional facilitator and a supportive group of peers. It’s all about getting together and pouring our good ideas on paper, which is a great rhythm to get into.

It’s all virtual, but daily practice means you’ll make speedy real-world progress towards your goal: calling yourself Doctor. And because it’s only for PhD students, you’ll find solidarity as you all work towards the same goal. 

The sessions are not workshops or seminars. If you’re looking for guidance, check out our workshops or one-on-one coaching instead. 

There won’t be any long speeches, top tips or general questions. In these meetups we have one thing in common, which is that we are taking control of this hour, laying it aside to write, committing to switching off phones and trying to quiet our distracting thoughts. We will just concentrate on our individual projects without interruptions. 

As a member, you’ll also get access to our regular writing challenges, a document library containing a dozen thesis writing templates, worksheets and productivity tools, and our How To Write A PhD email-based course. 

Click here to start your 14-day free trial.

Already a member? Log in here.

 

Three times every weekday:

(all UK time)

 

10-11.15 am

2-3.15 pm

5-6.15 pm

 

Come to as many or as few sessions as you like.

Write what you like, how you like

Whether you’re writing a chapter, journal article or conference paper, or lesson plan, work on any part of your PhD journey. All you need to do is focus.

Join when you like and come when you like

Become a member whenever you like, and attend as often as you like. Our sessions are there for you, and you can use them as much as you and your PhD practice need.

No one will read or review your work

We all log on, share our intentions, and then work silently together. No one will read what you’ve written, and you won’t have to share anything.

Writing challenges, templates & online courses

As a member, you’ll also get access to free downloadable templates, our thesis writing course, and regular writing challenges.

Writing is like a muscle. The PhD Writing Hour is your way of training it.

Writing groups are used the world over, by all kinds of writers including established novelists. The reason? Because they support you to write more efficiently. Belonging to one motivates you to make time, and then get the words down. It has been designed to take advantage or encourage four powerful effects:

Body Doubling

When working in the presence of others we’re likely to do what the group is doing. Because of that, you’re far less likely to get distracted.

The Hawthorne Effect

There’s something powerful about knowing others can see us as we work. When we’re being observed, we’re more likely to perform better and stay focused.

Flow State

Writing as part of a group means you’re more likely to find that elusive ‘flow state’ – periods of deep focus where time seems to fly by.

The Accountability Ritual

You’ll be motivated by the company of a supportive group of peers. It’s all about getting together and pouring our good ideas on paper, which is a great rhythm to get into.

Frequently asked questions...

Why is this format is so effective?

The PhD Writing Hour is like working around strangers in the library. We recreate that diligent atmosphere you feel when people are quietly concentrating around you. By making the commitment to attend some or all of these, you’re building a strong foundation for your thesis writing practice. It’s an empowering experience, particularly once you start to see how much progress you make, and how much more easily you are able to write.

You won’t finish your thesis if you don’t develop the necessary discipline to develop a daily writing practice. The PhD Writing Hour helps you develop this habit.

And writing in the virtual company of other students has a powerful effect. Not only do you build community by seeing similar faces, you know that you’re surrounded by people in a similar situation to you. Being in the company of others is very motivating.

What time does The PhD Writing Hour take place?

The PhD Writing Hour takes place three times each weekday on Zoom (all UK time): 

  • 10-11.15 am
  • 2-3.15 pm
  • 5-6.15 pm

You can join as many or as few sessions as you like.

You will receive a new zoom link each month by email once you’ve registered.

Can’t make any of these times? Click here to let us know (10-second, 2-question survey).

What happens during each session?

Once you have registered, we’ll let you know how to access the Zoom links you need for each of the three daily sessions.

Join the call a few minutes before the start and get comfy. The host will then ask if you want to share what they plan on working on (no pressure!), and then everyone writes together (camera on, microphone off!) for an hour.

After, there’s a 10-15 minute chat to socialise and to share advice and reflections. No one will read your work, and there’s no homework.

Will you run writing challenges?

Yes! We’re currently running a 100 Days of PhD Writing Challenge, complete with a word-count tracker, writing prompts and motivational tips. 

Will anyone read my work?

No! We all log on, share our intentions, and then work silently together. No one will read what you’ve written, and you won’t have to share anything.

I've only just started my PhD. Is this for me?

Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, or whether writing a proposal, chapter, journal article, conference paper, or lesson plan, The PhD Writing Hour will work for you. You can work on any part of your PhD journey. All you need to do is focus.

Can I leave early?

To make the most of The PhD Writing Hour we recommend that you stay for the full session. But if you need to leave early, that’s fine. You can leave silently. Remember: don’t come on mic and disturb the silence! If you want to say goodbye, use the chat function.

I want to come to multiple sessions. Is that okay?

You can come to as many or as few sessions as you like. 10am one day, 2pm the next, 5pm a week later. Whatever works best for you and your PhD. Once you’re a member, you can show up as and when you please. 

Can I ask questions or get writing advice?

Unfortunately not. The session is not a workshop or a seminar. There won’t be any long speeches, top tips or general questions. In these meetups we have one thing in common, which is that we are taking control of this hour, laying it aside to write, committing to switching off phones and trying to quiet our distracting thoughts. We will just concentrate on our individual projects without interruptions.

However, we run regular writing workshops and retreats and offer one on one coaching for those looking to brush up on skills.

Do I have to attend every session?

No, not at all! Once a day, three times a day, once a week, once a month. It is up to you – The PhD Writing Hour is designed to work around your PhD.

How long does each session last?

All in all, the Zoom session will last around 75 minutes. We do an hour of silent writing, and a few minutes of intros and outros before and after.

A writing group solely for PhD students, created by the PhD experts. 

Over the last five years we’ve helped thousands of PhD students. Through our experience providing coaching, proofreading, writing courses, mock-vivas, training workshops and writing retreats, we understand PhDs inside out. 

We’ve partnered with Dr. Eleanor Thom and Dr. Chris Dooks, who will both faciltate The PhD Writing Hour.

They’re there to put you at ease, foster connection, and make sure the sessions are productive, enjoyable, and engaging. 

Dr. Eleanor Thom is a writer and workshop facilitator based in Scotland. She lectured in Creative Writing at the University of the West of Scotland, where she also completed her Doctorate in 2018. For the past three years, she has mentored other writers for the Scottish Book Trust, and since 2018 she has been the Community Writer in Residence for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, where currently she leads their writing workshops for adults.

Her first book, The Tin-Kin (Duckworth, 2009), won the Saltire First Book Award and the New Writing Ventures Award for fiction. Eleanor’s second book will be published by Taproot Press in 2023. Visit eleanorthom.com for more about Eleanor and her work. 

Dr. Chris Dooks is a freelance interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker,  community arts practitioner and writing workshop facilitator. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Edinburgh.

His 2015 studio doctorate and exegesis The Fragmented Filmmaker: Emancipating The Exhausted Artist was an autoethnography, examining ‘housebound survival’ through interdisciplinary arts, with an emphasis on sound art and vinyl records, made over a six-year period at The University of The West of Scotland. He is also an electronic musician releasing sound art and electronica on various labels.

 

 

 

What’s included

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Sixty Sessions Each Month

The PhD Writing Hour takes place three times each weekday. Join as many or as few sessions as you like. 

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A PhD Template Library

Access a document library, where you can download and keep a dozen thesis writing templates, chapter walkthroughs & worksheets. 

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Thesis Writing Course

Once your trial period is over, you’ll automatically get free access to our How to Write A PhD course (worth £29.99) so you can learn how to structure your thesis.

Regular Writing Challenges

Stay on track with carefully designed writing challenges, complete with trackers and planners. We’re starting with the 100 Days of PhD Writing Challenge.

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