As part of the UWERADSearching project the team have been hosting monthly “Shut-Up and Write” sessions. Like many aspects of this project this is not a novel idea but it is one the team felt worthy of including so as to encourage the UWE radiography community to write.
Our sessions are held once a month- the date and time vary to support part-time staff and learners. We meet at 12:30pm so that we can have an informal chat. The organiser for the session leads introductions and then the group writes using the Pomodoro technique from 13:00pm prompt. For this there are five steps:
- Decide on the task to be done
- Set the pomodoro (timer) to 25 minutes
- Work on the task until the timer rings
- Take a short break (5 minutes) then do another burst
- Every four “pomodori” take a longer break (15–20 minutes)
Our first session before Christmas saw a member of a local clinical team starting on a journal article, level 2 Diagnostic Imaging students writing up their weekly blogs, a year 3 student tackling their dissertation and two UWE staff members working on their Doctoral studies to list a few activities. Some people stayed for the whole session- others left after the first or second writing rounds. Moving forwards the project team are exploring the use of Twitter to reach out to our distance based learners. Again this is not novel idea but a model we have gleaned from the #medradjclub team with their version hosted by @kimbomeek …….watch this space
You can find further information on these sessions and how the work by reading the following:
- Shut Up and Write! The Thesis Whisperer. Available at: https://thesiswhisperer.com/shut-up-and-write/
- Shut-Up and Write! SF Bay Area. Available at: https://www.meetup.com/shutupandwriteSFO/?_cookie-check=SpwHvsO8dqZ43Ecd
The next UWERADSearching “SHUT UP AND WRITE” session is on the 14.02.2018. It will be hosted by Janice St. John-Matthews who will ensure a steady supply of cake, biscuits and fruit. All you need to do is bring yourself, your laptop (pen and paper also works as well) and some water.
The UWERADSearching team look forward to writing with you.