Alison is a firm believer in the effectiveness of structured writing retreats and the benefits of writing in a social environment. She was lucky enough to train as a writing retreat facilitator with Professor Rowena Murray and has experience in running a variety of writing retreat programmes for PhD students, creative writers and academics, both online and in person.

Here’s some feedback on one of Alison’s writing retreats:

“Great couple of days. Very well organised and excellent facilitator. Achieved more than I expected. Came in anxious that I wasn’t sufficiently organised but when all distractions were removed, I just wrote.”

“Alison has been so kind and supportive. I’m delighted with the progress made on my writing and would recommend this to other students.”

“I found the two days so brilliant. Alison was great. I honestly think I got 3 weeks worth of work done in 2 days. I am travelling home today stress free.”

“The atmosphere was friendly but constructive. I enjoyed it and feel back on track after feeling overwhelmed.”

Feedback on a recent retreat for PhD researchers at Ulster University.

If you would like to get in touch with Alison about running a retreat, please click here or email her at a.garden[@]qub.ac.uk.