DEN Writing Retreats 2018

The Network is pleased to announce it’s DEN Writing Retreat  2018 programme for current PhD/EngD students who are based within the DEN Member CDTs.

As in 2017, the writing retreats will again run over two full days, which can be attended on a residential or non residential basis. Registering delegates must attend both days due to the nature of the programme. CDT students set their writing goals at the start of the event and then focus on writing over a series of facilitated time-structured sessions.

There are a limited number of fully-funded places at each retreat and attendees must be currently registered as a doctoral student with their host University.

These events will be particularly beneficial for those who are looking for dedicated time to focus on writing up their thesis,  to work on research papers/journals, prepare their annual review reports.

The events also offer opportunity for you to meet and talk with CDT students from across the DEN member CDTs during breaks and over dinner, in order to help turn writing from a solitary to a highly beneficial social and peer networking experience.

What is included and covered by DEN funding:

  • Attendance fee for the writing retreat.
  • Accommodation costs on a B&B basis for up to 2 nights maximum (the night prior and middle night of the retreat) at, or very close to the event venue.
  • Meals and refreshments during the event.
  • Evening meal on the middle night of the retreat.

Attendees must fund their own travel and subsistence costs individually, or alternatively obtain funding from their host CDT/University.

Dates and venues for the 2018 retreats are as follows:

DateVenueNumber of placesRegistration link
March 2018Colwick Hall,
Nottingham, NG2 4BH
23-24 April 2018Thrumpton Hall,
Thrumpton, Notts, NG11 0AX
15-16 May 2018Elmore Court,
Elmore, Gloucester, GL2 3NT
11-12 June 2018Wyresdale Park,
Scorton, Lancs, PR3 1BA


For any queries about the retreats, please contact Felicia Black, DEN Manager, at or 0115 74 84753.

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