I am writing to introduce The Voluntary Action History Society New Researchers<http://www.vahs.org.uk/newresearchers/>' Writing Group which offers an informal, supportive space, both online and in person, for people to receive feedback on their writing from their peers.
The group has two elements: a monthly online feedback group where members submit writing and receive feedback from other new researchers and an offline ‘shut-up-and-write’ meeting where researchers get together to chat and, more importantly, to write. You don’t have to be a member of the VAHS to take part in either elements of the group and there is no set topic. Writing could be on any period, sources, research method, literature or theme, although some relevance to the common interests of Voluntary Action History will ensure that any feedback is useful to you.
The online group is a way to bring together new researchers from across the country (and potentially beyond) to share their writing without the costs of meeting face-to-face. Taking part requires you to submit a piece of writing on any topic (max 2,000 words) and to give feedback on submissions from other members. Our aim is to get two people to look at each piece of writing. You don’t have to take part every month; you can dip in and out when you have time.
More information can be found here<http://www.vahs.org.uk/newresearchers/write/> and guidelines for submissions here<http://www.vahs.org.uk/newresearchers/write/guidelines/>. If you have any questions or would like to take part please contact Charlotte Clements: [log in to unmask]
We would be very grateful if you could forward this information onto any colleagues or post-graduate students that may be interested.
Post-Graduate Researcher, University of Southampton
Chair of the Voluntary Action History Society New Researcher's Committee