Virtual Writing retreat

Welcome to the ATTR and RVS Virtual Writing Retreat 2020: From Friday May 29 to June 12, 2020.  

The whole point of this virtual writing seminar is to improve your writing skills, but also to socialize and motivate each other. Above all, we want to create a constructive and interactive space for everyone to enjoy whilst working from the home office.

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The program at a glance

From Friday 29th May, ATTR and RVS will hold a 2-week (except Wednesdays and Thursdays) online writing retreat in collaboration with Mathew Stiller-Reeve (PhD). The retreat will provide a virtual space for ATTR and RVS members to meet up, learn and discuss writing. This virtual space will be packed with useful activities like:Image may contain: Text, Font, Logo, Line.

  • Lectures on writing skills
  • Brain warm-up exercises
  • Shut-up-and-write sessions
  • Small discussion group meetings

All activities will take place on Zoom so please make sure you’ve signed up to the free version (at least).

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The instructor

Image may contain: Person, Hair, Face, Photograph, Facial expression.Mathew Stiller-Reeve has a PhD in Meteorology and has published several peer-reviewed articles on the monsoon as well as interdisciplinary and communication issues. He founded the SciSnack writing group community in 2012 and helped start several writing groups around the world. He and 12 international co-authors published their collaborative writing process in 2016, and since then it has been used by summer schools and communication initiatives around the world. Recently, he has become a Thematic Editor of the Geoscience Communication journal and has developed a peer-review process that he recently published on He has held writing seminars and courses over the past 4 years, both in Norway and internationally. Mathew puts emphasis on how we apply basic writing skills to our academic writing, and not least, how we can improve our writing together!

The schedule

We will begin with some lectures on basic writing skills. These skills are very important to our academic writing! We will continue the virtual writing retreat with new exercises for you to discuss together in the brain warm-up sessions including smaller online discussion groups. We will also have several 2-hour “shut-up-and-write” sessions after which we’ll get together and discuss progress.

Just like a “normal” writing retreat, participants will also have time to work on their own texts/articles/essays. Hopefully you are working on or planning something that you can bring to the seminar. If you are not writing anything specific, don’t worry! Mathew will work with you to ensure that you can put his tips and advice into action.


Friday May 29th        

0930-1115:     Welcome. Lecture on structure + flow

1330-1500:     Group exercises and discussion: structure + flow

Monday June 1st (Voluntary!)   

0930-1045:     Morning coffee and discussion exercise on structure + flow

Tuesday June 2nd  

0930-1100:     Lecture and discussion on active voice and clutter

1100-1300:     Shut-up-and-write session

1300-1315:     Short feedback discussion

1400-1515:     Group exercises and discussion: active voice + clutter

Wednesday June 3rd

Individual writing day

Thursday June 4th

Individual writing day

Friday      June 5th

0930-1030:     Warm-up exercises: active voice/clutter

1030-1230:     Shut-up-and-write session

1230-1300:     Feedback discussion + flow/title assignment

1400-1515:     Individual group meetings + discussion

Week 2:

Monday June 8th     

0930-1030:     Warm-up exercise: titles

1030-1230:     Shut-up-and-write session

1230-1300:     Feedback discussion

1400-1515:     Individual group meetings + discussion

Tuesday June 9th     

0930-1030:     Warm-up exercise: flow

1030-1230:     Shut-up-and-write session

1230-1300:     Feedback discussion

1400-1515:     Individual group meetings + short lecture on peer-review

Wednesday June 10th

Individual writing day

Thursday June 11th   

Individual writing day

Friday      June 12th  

0930-1030:     Warm-up exercise: peer review

1030-1230:     Shut-up-and-write session

1230-1300:     Feedback discussion

1400-1530:     Individual group meetings + discussion/evaluation


If you have any questions, queries or suggestions, then do not hesitate to get in touch with Leonora at ATTR, or Geir at RVS about the event or Mathew about the content of the seminars.



Mathew:, +47 99532473


Published May 6, 2020 10:21 AM - Last modified June 28, 2022 2:01 PM