PhD writing retreat Event as iCalendar

(School of Cultures, Languages and Linguistics, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, Te Wānanga o Waipapa - School of Māori Studies and Pacific Studies)

19 November 2017 - 23 November 2017

Venue: Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development

Location: 451 Old Taupiri Road, Hopuhopu

Cost: Free

Contact info: Professor Laurence Simmons

Contact email:

Get some writing done

The Faculty of Arts runs an annual cross-disciplinary PhD writing retreat for four days in November at the Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development.

The retreat has proved particularly successful in terms of doctoral students’ progress on a specific writing project and in building confidence in conceptualising research findings and presenting results effectively. This programme provides valuable opportunities for students to interact with others at a similar stage in their writing processes and to build a sense of shared identity and intellectual endeavour.   

Drawing on the experience and success of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, the National Programme for Māori and Indigenous Postgraduate Advancement (MAI), which has offered successful writing retreats for a number of years, this Faculty of Arts PhD Writing Retreat will provide an environment that is conducive for writing, whether that be development of a research proposal, the drafting of an introduction, or the revision of a chapter in response to critical feedback.

Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development is a Tainui funded purpose-built residential tertiary college that provides outstanding facilities. Participants will be provided with single room accommodation and meals. While the focus is on completing individual pieces of writing, there will also be opportunities for discussions with other students in the programme and attending academics.

The retreat will be led by Professor Laurence Simmons, Associate Dean-Postgraduate, with expert assistance from various other academics. Staff will be available throughout the four-day retreat to provide feedback and assistance with writing.

All costs associated with the retreat will be met by the Faculty of Arts, including transport, accommodation and food.

Apply for the writing retreat

Places at the retreat are limited, with priority given to provisional year and completing doctoral students and those students who have not previously attended.

Please ask your supervisor to complete the supervisor support template and send it to, and register your interest by Thursday 24 October 2017.

Register your interest in the PhD writing retreat

Supervisor support template
(785.7 kB, MSWORD)

Writing retreat briefing

Once you have been offered a place on the retreat you will be invited to attend a briefing.

It is essential that you attend the briefing to ensure that you are prepared to maximise the writing opportunity the retreat represents. This session will include advice from previous programme participants who can guide you on what is achievable in the four-day retreat and what you need to do in advance.

Prior to attending the retreat, participants (in consultation with their supervisors) are expected to specify clear writing tasks and objectives that they intend to fulfil during the retreat period. When registering you will submit your writing plan, and then your supervisor will complete and forward a template indicating their support for your attendance at the retreat to