DMU Writing Circle

What is it?

The Writing Circle offers DMU staff and Postgraduate Research Students the time and space to write independently alongside others online. The Writing Circle is organised in a collaboration between the Centre of Academic Innovation and Teaching Excellence, The Doctoral College, and Library and Learning Services.

Who is it for?

The Writing Circle is open to all current DMU Postgraduate Research Students (e.g. PhD candidates), and all current DMU staff (academic and professional services staff are welcome).

What happens in a Writing Circle session?

The Writing Circle is primarily a space to get writing done, so most of the time will be spend actually writing. We make use of the ‘pomodoro technique’, which involves focused writing in 25 minute blocks, followed by 5 minutes rest to chat, and then another 25 minute pomodoro. The first part of the session is usually devoted to meeting/greeting one another, sharing our writing goals and any progress we have made, and/or any barriers we are facing. From this, we often take the opportunity to share experiences, offer tips and advice, or simply listen to one another. The Writing Circle is a practical, supportive environment. Depending on how far-ranging our discussion is, we will typically manage time for two or three ‘pomodoros’.

Many participants use the regular, social aspect of the Writing Circle to help structure their time outside the Circle, setting goals and making plans for writing accordingly.

We also acknowledge that while many of us are aiming to write for publication, quite often our writing is not based around our research but around our teaching and/or administrative responsibilities. All writing is accepted (even creative writing), and we are especially keen to invite professional services staff who may want to come along.

When and where is it?

From January 2022, the Writing Circle will meet online via MS Teams every two weeks in term time, alternating between Mondays and Fridays, usually from 2-4pm.

Writing Circle Dates/Times for the Spring and Summer Terms 2022 are as follows:

Spring Term 

Friday 14th January, 2-4pm 

Monday 24th January, 2-4pm 

Friday 11th February, 2-4pm 

Monday 21st February, 2-4pm 

Friday 11th March, 2-4pm 

Monday 21st March, 3-5pm (*Note later start time) 

Friday 8th April, 2-4pm 

No Writing Circle on Monday 18th April (Easter Monday) 

Summer Term 

Friday 13th May, 2-4pm 

Monday 23rd May, 2-4pm 

Friday 10th June, 2-4pm 

How do I join the Writing Circle?

Anyone eligible (i.e. current DMU research students and/or DMU staff) who wishes to join the Writing Circle should send an email to Jason Eyre ( You will then be added to the Circle (MS Team), enabling you to join the online sessions and receive notifications and updates via Teams.

  • Upcoming: Writing Circle, Friday 8 April, 2-4pm

    The next session of the Writing Circle is scheduled for the end of this week – Friday 8 April, from 2-4pm. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Arina Cirstea (CLaSS).

  • Upcoming: Writing Circle (DMU Staff/PGRs) – Friday 11 February, 2-4pm

    A reminder that our next Writing Circle session for DMU staff and postgraduate research students will be online via MS Teams on Friday 11 February from 2-4pm. Contact Jason Eyre ( to be added to the Circle.

  • Introducing DMU’s ‘Writing Communities’

    Hello everyone. As I write it is the start of 2022, and I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to our range of learning communities which focus in particular (though not exclusively) on academic writing.

    The various communities have been designed to appeal to DMU staff and students at different stages of their academic journey. What they all have in common is an understanding that it is by working together and alongside one another that we best learn how to approach the complexities of writing. This includes the activities that support our writing, such as reading, talking, and (of course) thinking.

    There are a number of different communities for staff and students to consider participating in, including:

    The 500 Word Club – for all DMU students. This weekly group is focused on developing good writing habits, including the use of learning technologies in the writing process.

    The Postgraduate Group Online – for DMU research students, taught postgraduates, and staff who teach on PGT courses. This monthly group aims to provide a cross-disciplinary forum for the sharing of ideas and practices that will help the next generation of scholars to produce the best work they can.

    The Writing Group for Research Students – for DMU’s PhD and other Postgraduate Research Students. This community meets monthly and aims to provide mutual support for those working on researching and writing their thesis.

    The Writing Circle – for DMU research students and staff. This group convenes fortnightly and provides a space for DMU staff and researchers to write alongside one another and share experiences and practices.

    Use the tabs at the top of the page to find out more about these different writing communities and how you can get involved. We hope to see you soon!

    – Dr Jason Eyre, Centre for Learning and Study Support, De Montfort University