In early March 2018, thanks to a generous initiative by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, I was lucky enough to attend a three-day writing retreat run by the legendary Rowena Murray of Anchorage Education. Rowena has written extensively on the theory behind this practice, and I have linked to her bibliography below.
The retreat was exceptional, both in terms of the moral support, wonderful people and beautiful setting, and in terms of the productivity it allowed.
What became apparent after the reatreat was the desire to take the format forward into our every day routines, where possible, and to carve out that time for writing amidst the chaos of 'real life'.
What is #remoteretreat?
#remoteretreat is a twitter-based event which runs, when possible, on a weekly to fortnightly basis.
Using the Murray format, we check in at alloted times via social media and support one another to facilitate blocks of non-interrupted writing.
Though there is a paradox in doing this via social media, the collective accountability and focus is exceptionally helpful, particularly to those who struggle to maintain a 'typical' research or writing routine, for whatever reason.
When is #remoteretreat?
It is whenever you want it to be! Anyone is welcome to utilise the hashtag and the format at their discretion.
Generally, if you want to run a #remoteretreat, you tweet out your plan and see who'd like to join in. It's hard to find a date to suit everyone, so this system is perhaps the best fit.
NB: PM = 2-5.30pm / AM = 9.30-1pm /
FULL DAY = 9.30-5.30