Irish Academy of Management PhD Virtual Writing Retreat Series
Hosted by Technological University Dublin

Virtual Event: 21st March - 25th March (Delivered Virtually)

The Irish Academy of Management are delighted to present its fourth PhD Virtual Writers Retreat Initiative. This event will be hosted by Technological University Dublin following the successful event hosted by UCC in December 2021. This series offers a collegial virtual environment to promote PhD academic progress facilitated by established academics. Its goal is to support progress in PhD skill development through mutual motivation and communal accountability.

What is a PhD virtual writers retreat?

This virtual writing retreat provides a block of time (2 hours each day over 5 days) to focus on the writing process.  By writing within a community of other PhD students the aim is to facilitate your progress through mutual motivation and communal accountability.

This virtual event will be facilitated by a senior academic who can offer advice at each break as questions arise relating to the retreat.  It is also an opportunity to meet with peers and discuss opportunities, challenges or strategies for writing. Within the writers retreat, a formal discussion session facilitated by a senior academic will take place on a topic relating to the PhD or writing process e.g. managing writers block, strategies for writing. The retreat will be hosted via zoom.  Zoom details will be shared closer to the date.

Daily sessions apply the Pomodoro Technique.  The event draws on the Pomodoro Technique ( to structure short bursts of writing over a short period. The proposed daily format is:

  • 10am            Welcome and introductions
  • 10:05am       1st Pomodoro (25 minutes of focused working), followed by a 5 minute break
  • 10:35am       2nd Pomodoro and break
  • 11:05am       3rd Pomodoro and break
  • 11:35am       4th Pomodoro
  • 12:00am       Close

What do I need?

A computer with working camera and microphone, good internet connection and zoom access.

Am I eligible?

You are an eligible to take part if you are:

  • A PhD student
  • An Irish Academy of Management member or a student in an institution that has IAM membership (see
  • Are willing and available to attend all sessions during the week. 

The retreat is limited to 20 participants. 

How to apply:

For further information please contact Dr. Dónal O’Brien ( )

The Irish Academy of Management extend our thanks to Technological University Dublin for hosting this PhD Virtual Writers Retreat.