Academic Writing Month 2023

Academic Writing Month is held in November each year.

Following last year’s daily writing meet-ups for Academic Writing Month 2022, the Centre for Teaching and Learning's Reading and Writing Innovation Lab is marking this year’s Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) by a running a Paragraph a Day Challenge to give everyone an opportunity to focus on developing their writing habits and skills.

Why a paragraph a day for month?

Everybody wants to improve their writing but can never find the time or a place to start. 

  1. A paragraph is a manageable goal for regular writing
  2. A paragraph is something you can build bigger pieces of writing from.

What is happening?

There are no formal events for Academic Writing Month this year, but you can join Dominik Lukeš from our Reading and Writing Innovation Lab, together with other colleagues, in our Paragraph a Day Challenge.

The challenge is simple: Write one paragraph a day every day during the month of November.

You can do this to:

  1. Get a bit of writing done
  2. Try to establish a good writing routine
  3. Practice academic writing at the paragraph level.

If you want to keep track of your progress, you can use the writing diary template developed by the Lab. The template also has more suggestions for aims and activities.

There will be an informal online reflection session every Friday during the month from 12.30-1.30pm. If you would like to join us for one or more of these sessions, register here and we’ll send you a calendar invitation.

If you would like to consider other things you could do during the month to help your writing, visit One month of writing development.

What is Academic Writing Month?

Academic Writing Month (or #AcWriMo) was inspired by the long-running #NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month during which people try to write a novel and share their progress in public. While not everybody finishes their novel, everyone has a chance to improve.

Academic Writing Month is less about finishing a piece of writing and more about building good habits and working towards improvement.

It aims to explore different strategies and tools to get more writing done with less effort and support others in doing the same. 

To support this effort, we have collated some resources to help you improve your writing productivity.