Research writing support

Staff from Academic Support and Development and the Graduate Research Centre provide a number of programs and services to assist you with your research writing including:

  • one-on-one consultations and drop-in sessions
  • researcher development programs and workshops (sessions for research writing are listed under Research fundamentals)
  • an annual writers retreat.

The Research Ambassadors can also provide thesis writing assistance to PhD candidates by appointment.

Writing circles

With an emphasis on thesis writing, our Writing Circles aim to encourage PhD students to:

  • share writing resources and tips
  • develop reflection and editing skills
  • give and receive feedback on drafts
  • build confidence and independence
  • meet other research students with similar interests
  • maintain ongoing links and support if desired.

For more detailed information and to register your interest, download the Writing Circles flyer  and email the Academic Support & Development contact person for your college/research focus.

Get together & write

Are you a research student finding it difficult to get a writing flow?

Groups of VU researchers (students and staff) 'get together and write' every week.

Tuesdays, 9.30-11.30am
Building P, Room P416 (top floor of the library)
Footscray Park Campus

Come along and introduce yourself to the Academic Support & Development staff member. Bring your ideas, whatever you are currently working on. Write alongside others and get motivated to keep going over a two-hour block of time. The Academic Support & Development staff member is available to consult during the session if you would like some feedback on parts of your writing.

No need to register - just show up.

Individual writing consultations

Individual appointments are available for students wishing to bring in and discuss their own research writing, such as proposals, literature reviews, research articles, thesis chapters and so on. Aimed at helping students to develop their writing and editing skills in the context of their own writing.

Make an appointment

Performing the word – writing retreat

At the retreat you’ll join thesis writers from five universities who want to experiment with pushing the boundaries to how we present scholarly knowledge – who are keen to go beyond the 'thesis style' of writing that can limit the possibility we have as writers to have a meaningful conversation with our reader. Give and receive feedback on drafts and challenges students to think creatively or differently.

This is an annual event run over 5 days.

An invitation to submit an expression of interest will be send out via VU email account (for students) or the Research Info list (for staff).