Ridge Writing Retreats

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  • The collective energy makes it work

    July 1, 2020 by

    “The collective energy makes it work” “You are responsible to the others during that time – even if you don’t feel like writing, you will” “It gave me the needed spark to get back into the writing mode after a long break” “An excellent way to actually get myself to sit down and write, something… Read more

  • Write No Matter What

    June 2, 2020 by

    Now seemed like a good time to read this book, which a colleague recommended. And it was. It’s a very easy read. The style is anecdotal, the argument clear, and the evidence is there, but worn lightly – just as well, as the author says this is how academics should write nonfiction for a wider… Read more

  • Bad English?

    May 4, 2020 by

    Whose English is right? It’s rather more than just you say po-tay-to, I say po-tah-to… Who decides? The native speakers? Native of where (not just the US or UK, what about Canada, or Kerala?) What happens when the native speakers go native? (Language attrition is real.) Just as everyone is a foreigner almost everywhere, if… Read more

  • Here comes the science bit – concentrate!

    April 7, 2020 by

    Even if the content of your work hasn’t changed that much lately, everything else has, so your concentration might be less than perfect. These ideas aren’t rocket science, but recently they helped me focus on writing (and editing and translating), so I hope they help you concentrate on your work too. And if you don’t… Read more

  • Retreat into Summer

    March 11, 2020 by

    Summer still seems a long way away, but it will be here before we know it, and you might be looking to carve out some more writing time when other commitments such as classes end. Kick-start your summer writing with Ridge Writing Retreats at our two-day writing retreats on Thursday and Friday 7&8 May and… Read more

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Cover image: the ridge/harju in Jyväskylä. All photos (c) Kate Sotejeff-Wilson