Shut Up & Write Workshop

Event Date: Friday, 24 February 2023

Are you struggling to write ‘that’ Chapter, Article or Abstract? Do you struggle to put your ideas on paper or, even worse, are you struggling to get into the groove of writing? Join us for ‘Shut Up and Write’, an IAPH writing workshop for PhD students who need help kickstarting or maintaining their writing habit. ‘SUAW’ is as simple as it sounds. We meet for several hours, put all distractions aside and write for 45 minutes uninterrupted. Nothing is needed except your laptop or, if you’re old school, a pen & paper.

This is a practical workshop designed to

  1. a) provide a collaborative space to write
  2. b) address any pressing issues PhD students have when it comes to writing and/or publishing their work.

Held in Ulster University’s new Belfast campus (just a stone throw away from the famous St. George’s market), this four hour event is split between a writing workshop and a writing Q&A forum.


The tentative timetable is:

11am: Meet and Greet/Set Writing Intentions

11.15am – 12pm: First Writing Bloc

12.15pm – 12.30pm: Tea Break (provided free of charge)

12.30 – 1.15pm: Second Writing Bloc

1.15pm-2pm: Lunch (provided free of charge)

2pm-3pm: Q&A on writing (how to publish, how to write PhD chapters, how to edit etc.)


This is a great opportunity for IAPH members to improve their writing, network with fellow PhD students and to gain an insight into the academic process.


Costs & Registration

This event will take place on Friday, 24 February 2023 and is free for all IAPH members, but registration is essential. Please register in advance by emailing with the subject heading Workshop Registration. There is a €5 charge for non-IAPH members to cover catering.


Host Bio:

Dr. Conor Heffernan is a Lecturer in the Sociology of Sport at Ulster University. Conor finished his PhD in History at University College Dublin in 2019. In that time he has published over 50 academic articles and chapters, two single authored books and one co-edited book. Outside of academia Conor holds a regular writing position with