Spring 2016 Writing Group Dates

The Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network hopes that 2016 is turning out to be an excellent year for writing. To help increase your capacity and flow for academic writing it can be helpful to pause, reflect and engage with others about the writing process. So please find below the upcoming dates for each of our writing groups.

Realist Approach and Framework Analysis group, led by Sue Jones, held at Aroma Cafe, Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees:

  • Tuesday 8th March, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Thursday 5th May, 1:00-2:00pm

Mixed Methods group, led by Mabel Lie, held at Caffè Nero, 4-5 Saint Mary’s Place, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 7AA:

  • Thursday 25th February, 10:00-12:00apm

Health Behaviours and Interventions group, led by Kat Jackson, held at Caffè Nero, 4-5 Saint Mary’s Place, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 7AA:

  • Monday 9th May, 10:00-11:00am

Dates are currently being finalised for the Middlesbrough based Social Context of Health and Illness group. The Newcastle based Post-Narrative group is currently taking a hiatus.

If you are not currently affiliated with a particular group and would like to get involved please send an email to QHRWGN@gmail.com and we shall pass your details onto the group leader. They will then be able to keep you up to date with the upcoming meetings of the group and how you get contribute or just pop along.

Don’t forget, you are on Twitter then get involved in the chat by using the hashtag #QHRWGN.

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October Writing Group Dates

We hope you are getting back into the academic rhythm after the summer break. In order that you are able to continue to master the craft of writing our writing groups will be continuing to meet over the coming academic year. Below are the upcoming dates for each.

Realist Approach and Framework Analysis group, led by Sue Jones, held at Aroma Cafe, Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees:
  • Tuesday 6th October, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Tuesday 3rd November, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Thursday 3rd December, 1:00-2:00pm
Mixed Methods group, led by Mabel Lie, held at Caffè Nero, 4-5 Saint Mary’s Place, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 7AA:
  • Friday 23rd October, 10:00-11:00am
Health Behaviours and Interventions group, led by Kat Jackson, held at Caffè Nero, 4-5 Saint Mary’s Place, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 7AA:
  • Monday 2nd November, 10:00-11:00am
Dates are currently being finalised for the Middlesbrough based Social Context of Health and Illness group, and also the Newcastle based Post-Narrative group, and will be circulated once confirmed.
If you are not currently affiliated with a particular group and would like to get involved please send an email to QHRWGN@gmail.com and we shall pass your details onto the group leader. They will then be able to keep you up to date with the upcoming meetings of the group and how you get contribute or just pop along.
Don’t forget if you are on Twitter then get involved in the chat by using the hashtag #QHRWGN.

QHRWGN Symposium, September 18th 2015

We are pleased to announce this one day symposium will bring together experts in the field to share their insights and advice on writing up qualitative health research, writing for publication and writing for different audiences. There will also be the opportunity for you to present your research at the symposium, either in a ‘3 Minute Thesis’ style format, or as a poster. 

The speakers for this symposium, which is kindly supported by The Wellcome Trust, are:

Professor Jonathan Gabe (Royal Holloway University of London), Editor for the journal Sociology of Health and Illness, will speak about publishing qualitative health research, touching on barriers to publishing, dealing with rejections and revisions, and writing up mixed-methods research.

Jennifer Jeffes (Durham University), will share her expertise on engaging with policy makers and parliament, and strategies for writing for such audiences.

The symposium is also the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your research, either as part of the ‘3 Minute Thesis’ session, or as a poster. Not only will this be an opportunity for you to test out your ideas, network and get supportive feedback, but there will also be a prize for the best poster and oral presentation. Applications are welcome on any aspect of your research. A 250 word abstract submission for either of the sessions should be emailed to qhrwgn@gmail.com by Friday 21st August at 5pm, clearly stating whether you would like to be considered for a poster or oral ‘3 Minute Thesis’ presentation.

Places at the event are free however, are limited, so early booking is advisable. To register for the symposium, please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/qualitative-heath-research-writing-group-network-symposium-registration-178 

For any enquires please email us at: qhrwgn@gmail.com

QHRWGN Symposium 2015 Poster

July Writing Group Meetings

Time for an update from the Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network. With us heading into summer it is a great time to head outside with your laptop and get some writing done in the rain — I mean sunshine! It is also great to meet and discuss your writing and network with others.

Below are the details for the upcoming Writing Group Meetings for July:

Writing Group – Post-narrative, Leader Leigh Rooney: Thursday 2nd July, 3:00pm-4:30pm, Laing Art Gallery Cafe, Newcastle.

Writing Group – Health Behaviours and Interventions, Leader Kat Jackson: Monday 6th July, 10:00am-11:30am, Quilliam Brothers Tea House, Barras Bridge, Newcastle (http://www.quilliambrothers.com/theteahouse.php)

If you are not affiliated with any current group and would like to give one a try please email us at QHRWGN@gmail.com and we will be happy to put you in touch with the relevant group leader.

There will be more dates coming up soon with dates still being fixed by some groups.

Writing Retreat: Limited Places Remaining

The QHRWGN are running a residential writing retreat for PhD students and ECR’s this June. The purpose of the retreat is to provide delegates with dedicated writing time to work on producing specific outputs, whilst also providing input and advice on writing qualitative health research. Prof. Rose Barbour will be helping to facilitate the retreat, with time for sharing her expertise and advice on writing in this field, and helping to trouble shoot individuals’ specific issues.

This exciting opportunity will run over three days, Wednesday 17th June – Friday 19th June 2015, and will be held at Shepherds Dene Retreat House in Northumberland. Accommodation and food is included in the retreat price of £75.00, with attendance costs being heavily subsidised, and two competitive hardship bursaries will be available for unfunded PhD students.

In a beautiful rural setting the retreat will offer you the chance to meet others, share ideas, get expert guidance and make strides in your writing. Applications will be judged on the merits of the research topic and the quality and achievability of the anticipated outputs.

If you would like to be considered for a place on the retreat then please complete the application form (link at the bottom of this post) and return this via email to qhrwgn@gmail.com by Monday 1st June 2015.

Your QHRWGN Coordinators, Steph & Christina

Writing Retreat App Form

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Exciting News from QHRWGN

Over the past couple of months, we have been very busy working behind the scenes to be able to provide even more opportunities for our writing group network members.

We are incredibly pleased to be able to announce that we have been awarded funding from The Wellcome Trust to enable us to put on two exciting events for you.

We will be running a one day event in the autumn with some high profile speakers coming to share their expertise on topics which network members have raised as themes they would like support with. More details of this will be announced later though.

The headline news however, is that we are going to be running a residential writing retreat for PhD students and ECR’s this June. The purpose of the retreat is to provide delegates with dedicated writing time to work on producing specific outputs, whilst also providing input and advice on writing qualitative health research. Prof. Rose Barbour will be helping to facilitate the retreat, with time for sharing her expertise and advice on writing in this field, and helping to trouble shoot individuals’ specific issues.

This exciting opportunity will run over three days, Wednesday 17th June – Friday 19th June, and will be held at Shepherds Dene Retreat House in Northumberland. Accommodation and food is included in the retreat price of £75.00, with attendance costs being heavily subsidised, and two competitive hardship bursaries will be available for unfunded PhD students.

In a beautiful rural setting the retreat will offer you the chance to meet others, share ideas, get expert guidance and make strides in your writing. Priority for places will be given to current QHRWGN members. Applications will be judged on the merits of the research topic and the quality and achievability of the anticipated outputs.

If you would like to be considered for a place on the retreat then please complete the application form Writing Retreat App Form and return this via email to qhrwgn@gmail.com by Friday 22nd May, at 5pm.

We hope you are as excited by this news as we are and if you have any questions then please feel free to email us.

Writing Retreat Poster

Your QHRWGN Coordinators, Steph & Christina

February/March Update – Upcoming Writing Group Details

Time for an update from the Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network, and it has been fantastic to see that the first meetings of the writing groups have been successful! Discussion and agreement on what works best for the members of each group has meant that each group has started to work on how frequently they will meet, how they will manage the organisation, and the structure and content of those meetings. Each group being able to tailor the meetings for what suits them best really is testament to having a network of several different groups, appealing to different interests and needs.

Below are the details for the upcoming Writing Group Meetings:

Writing Group – Realist Approach & Framework Analysis, Leader Sarah Smith: Friday 13th March, 11:00am-12:00pm, Cafe Aroma, Durham University, Queens Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH.

Writing Group – Social Context of Health and Illness, Leaders Christina Dobson and Steph Mulrine: Wednesday 18th March, 10:30am-12pm, Cafe Maison, Norton High Street, Stockton-on-Tees, TS20 1AA.

Writing Group – Mixed Methods, Leader Steph Scott: Wednesday 8th April, 3:00-4:00pm, Venue TBC, Newcastle University.

Writing Group – Health Behaviours and Interventions, Leader Kat Jackson: Wednesday 29th April, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, Caffé Nero by Haymarket (4-5 Saint Mary’s Place, Newcastle NE1 7AA).

If you are not affiliated with any current group and would like to give one a try please send an email to us at QHRWGN@gmail.com and we will be happy to put you in touch with the relevant group leader.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #QHRWG when sharing your writing experiences on Twitter!