Academic Writing Month – “Write like there’s no December”

This is a guest post written by Charlotte Haines-Lyon, PhD Student in the School of Education.

Academic Writing Month (AcWriMo) – “Write like there’s no December”

November is not just the month when men grow moustaches, it is also the month of writing. Building on the successful NaNoWriMo , when writers across the globe endeavour to complete a novel in a month, AcWriMo provides a similar event for academic writers.  Originally set up by Charlotte Frost, as AcWriBo to encourage academics to write books, AcWriMo has a wider remit to encourage academics to simply write, whether it is articles, theses or books.

The concept is simple; publically state what you are going to do (via twitter and/or the NaNoWriMo or AcWriMo websites) and write every single day of November.  Keep in touch with other academics (for encouragement and accountability- not procrastination!) via Twitter using the hashtag #ACWRIMO. This year, some of us at York St John are going to attempt it– including myself @newnortherner. The School of Education will also be cheering you along via their @YSJSoERes Twitter account.

For further encouragement this Thesis Whisper blog post is worth a read, as she challenges us to see the month as a time to recalibrate how we think about writing.

Keep writing – and let us know if you are joining #ACWRIMO


About Phil Vincent

Phil’s focus is to work across Faculties to support the implementation of the Academic Strategy, and in particular contribute to the effective development and implementation of technology enhanced learning.

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