Virtual Writing Retreat (VWR) is an independent, peer led, community of global scholars who work together on a shared schedule for accountability and support. Although our community is currently predominantly postgraduate (and post-doc) researchers, we welcome everybody at VWR. Our global, multidisciplinary, inter-institution community is welcoming, knowledgeable, supportive and share resources freely.
We created the first independent, peer led, open, online academic retreat in the world (as far as we know) and for that reason are innovators of online retreats. Our promise is to continue to innovate at VWR and continue to grow our value for you.
We are a not-for-profit Social Enterprise; by removing the profit equation we can pass the savings onto our wonderful community members. In light of that, we charge a small fee of £3 to cover operating costs. However, VWR will never seek to maximise profits because we believe in accessibility, diversity and promoting an inclusive academic environment. Any surpluses will be re-invested back into the VWR mission: To assist the academic process and maintain the wellbeing of scholars, by creating supportive academic communities. We do not receive funding from any sources.
At VWR we share a desire to increase our productivity and effectiveness in our chosen fields. We have found accountability is a key element for reaching these goals. Others enjoy the social aspect of the retreat as it reduces the feelings isolation that remote working can bring by creating a sense of community and belonging. Working in this supportive way has allowed us to develop a culture where the transfer of knowledge is organic and where best practice is shared freely: a core foundation of the retreat. Therefore, VWR is much more than a writing platform, it is a supportive, peer-led community that aims to create a sense of togetherness, develop best practice and help our members reach their potential by empowering and motivating our members to create their best work.
This service is facilitated by VWR moderators who are experienced writers and online community builders. We understand the needs of the community because we started our VWR journey as members and still use the VWR to meet our own productivity goals. We want to share our winning strategy with you.
To learn more about how we operate, please see out blog: How does virtual writing retreat work?
FAQ - What happens once I sign up? You will be sent an email on the morning of the retreat asking you to join our online platform, where you will be greeted by one of our moderators who will guide and support the process throughout the day. ie, introduction, goal-setting, schedule, check-in and evaluation.
FAQ - How much does this cost? VWR is a not for profit Social Enterprise. This means we do not generate profits and can pass the savings onto our community members. As a result we charge a very small fee of £3. Any surplus generated will be re-invested back into VWR to help meet our missions: To assist the academic process and to maintain the wellbeing of scholars by building communities of support. However, donations are welcome.
We look forward to writing with you,
Working on a shared schedule with others helps to hold you accountable to your productivity goals. We have found through feedback, that our members work in a more focused way during and users tend to stay with their writing projects for longer periods of time. Thus, our platform creates the space you desire to 'switch- off' from outside distractions and focus entirely on your goals. Community and facilitation ensures you feel supported and tackles the isolating writing process. VWR is with you every step of the way and are very much looking forward to working with you.
Virtual Writing Retreat was created in response to the rising numbers scholars suffering from poor mental health. However, we know this problem has a wider reach than scholars and extends to the wider student community and beyond via our Undergraduate Chapter. Writing is a solo pursuit and when one consistently writes for a number of years the isolation can start to impact negatively on our mental health. This effective writing tool can address feeling of isolation by connecting users to a supportive community of like-minded individuals. This creates a safe space for vital mental discussions to take place. VWR donates free retreats on a monthly basis to those who may need extra support. Everyone is welcome at VWR.