The Accounting for social change research group held the ECR writing retreat 17-18 November 2020, on the QUT campus at the Owen J Wordsworth room with beautiful Brisbane River views. The event was the culminating research event after a series of fortnightly writer circles held during 2020. Using virtual technology, the writer circles continued during 2020 as a way for ECRs and HDRs to maintain a connection with each other and their supervisors during the COVID-19 induced remote working conditions. All School of Accountancy academic staff and HDR students were invited to participate in the fortnightly meetings.
Although the Writing Retreat was planned as a face to face event, those participants who could not join in person were invited to check in during the day using virtual technology. The event started with keynote speaker Dr Cassily Charles, linguist, who spoke with us about Managing risk and Respect in academic writing. Cassily challenged us with various exercises about our writing and the session was very interactive. In addition to focussing on our writing and research, another highlight was the opportunity to run our program in tandem online with the QUT Decent Work and Industry research centre, who were holding their research retreat off campus. We focus our events on developing our ECRs and HDR students as strong, independent researchers, and we invited participants from other local and regional universities to participate. We had up to 20 participants each day, from QUT and UQ business schools. The event was held with the assistance of funding from the QUT Business School competitive grants scheme and we particularly thank Linda Bennison for attending to all the details of organising the event particularly in the light of the new COVID-safe regulations and to Gayleen Furneaux who provided her research event experience.