Upcoming Events with Dr Natalie Lancer….

July 2022

Brain Fuel Writing Retreat

When: 11th-14th July 2022

Where:  A 4* hotel near Stratford Upon Avon.

Price: £645

What: Writing retreat for Doctoral and Master’s students led by Dr Natalie Lancer (a.k.a The Uni Coach)

Join our small group in Stratford-Upon-Avon to empty your head of everything but your academic work for a four day creative, structured, in person writing retreat.

Natalie helps delegates set goals for the day, leads group coaching creativity exercises, and gives a one-to-one coaching session to each delegate. On the first two evenings, there are evening workshops encouraging big picture thinking on your academic work or book.

By the end of the retreat, you will achieve clarity on your topics and arguments, you will build an extreme amount of momentum and you will have taken strides in your writing. It’s a productive, immersive and energising experience.

Each delegate will get:

  • Four days of an intensive and productive writing environment
  • Fast-tracking techniques to get your ideas on paper though daily writing exercises
  • A one-to-one coaching session from Natalie Lancer, an award-winning Chartered Coaching Psychologist to burst through any obstacles or limiting beliefs
  • Undivided attention and support for four days in an intimate group setting
  • A motivating environment, surrounded by like-minded individuals to get your creative juices flowing
  • Ample designated, focussed writing time without any external distractions
  • Beautiful surrounding in which to have breaks
  • Lovely food to sustain you! All dietary requirements are catered for.

To reserve your place or to ask any questions, please email [email protected]

Past Events……

April 2022

Brain Fuel Writing Retreat

With Dr Natalie Lancer


If you would like to know dates for the next retreat please email [email protected]

On April 11th -14th 2022 we are holding our first in person Brain Fuel Writing Retreat in a secluded retreat house outside Newcastle.


Natalie has been there many times and each time got loads of work done.


If you have been to a Mega Study Hub then it will be similar but IN PERSON!!!


Lots of creative and motivational exercises, plenty of time to write in a group, one to one coaching, lots of delicious food, beautiful Northumberland walks and you will be in the company of 18 ideas people – mostly PhD students and a few writers and thought leaders who need the space and time to think.


Places are strictly limited to 18 people. To book please email [email protected]


Price is £550.


Please note you will have to arrange your own transport to Newcastle Station and then a taxi to the Retreat House. You are welcome to drive as there is plenty of parking.


All dietary requirements are catered for.




Monday 11th April 2022

Arrive by 3pm for welcome tea and cake. Check in to rooms at 4pm. Start our creativity and motivational exercises and writing at 430pm.

Dinner 6pm. Evening workshop given by Natalie.


Tuesday 12th April 2022

Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner, study sprints, walk after lunch, one to one coaching, creative and motivational exercises, evening talk given by Natalie.


Wednesday 13th April 2022

Breakfast, Lunch, Tea, Dinner, study sprints, walk after lunch, one to one coaching, creative and motivational exercises, evening workshop given by Natalie.


Thursday 14th April 2022

Breakfast, study sprints, creative and motivational exercises, Lunch at 12.30

End of retreat 1.30pm



Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel, you will be offered a place at the next online Mega and usual Study Hubs.


If you have any questions please email [email protected]

January 2022

Rhetoric and Smart Self-Care for Thesis Writers

With Professor Rowena Murray and Dr Natalie Lancer

Are you a Doctoral or Master’s student who:

  • Feels they don’t write enough?
  • Is not confident about what they are writing?
  • Is spiralling out of control?

If so, come and hear Professor Rowena Murray and Dr Natalie Lancer discuss ‘Rhetoric and Smart self-care for Thesis writers’.

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Natalie Lancer

Uni Coach


Rowena Murray

Anchorage Educational Services

Session 1:

Comply/Defy – Unpacking the problematic PhD context


Thursday January 13th 2022, 1.30-2.30pm


In the first session, ‘Comply/defy’ we interrogate the invisible conventions and realise the inherent tensions in the PhD programme. For example, we do have to comply with norms and forms in order to remain on the programme, but we need to interrogate and tease apart how this infrastructure affects our writing. After all, our context affects how we behave, think and feel.

Understanding and questioning the power structure enables us to navigate the dominant norms and forms YOUR way, making it work for you.

We share our empowering vocabulary, and impart a framework based on rhetoric and self-care to help you work through the barriers to high stakes academic writing.

Session 2:

Is it me? – Strategies and Takeaways


Tuesday January 25th 2022, 1.30pm-2.30pm


In this second session, ‘Is it me?’, we discuss how as individuals and in groups we can change how we address the barriers of high stakes academic writing, discussed in the first session.

We introduce some psychological and rhetorical concepts which you can implement straight away:

  • locus of control
  • getting agency into writing
  • managing uncertainty, anxiety and imposter syndrome
  • viewing the PhD as a growth experience
  • structures of persuasive strategies in academic writing
  • navigating the power dynamic with your supervisor
  • putting yourself in safe, writing groups
  • leveraging intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • being intentional with your time and your writing strategies
  • autonomy, goal setting and self-efficacy

Please register here to attend this new, free event.

Please contact me at [email protected] if  you wish to provide a different email address to receive Programme materials and communications


Wednesday 12th May 2021: 8-9.15pm (London GMT)

Tickets £7

Please pay here: https://natalielancer.lpages.co/when-what-works-stops-working/

·      Do you feel resistant to writing?

·      Is your creative process unravelling?

·      Do you want to regain control over your writing?

Academic writing retreat hosts Professor Rowena Murray and Dr Natalie Lancer take a pragmatic approach to jumpstarting your thesis writing. In “When ‘what works’ stops working”, we discuss:

·      How the ‘stops working’ presents

·      Why it happens and

·      What to do about it

You will gain lots of practical tools to get your writing back on track.

We will email you the Zoom link upon payment. Please check your junk folder.  Go here to pay: https://natalielancer.lpages.co/when-what-works-stops-working/

If you have any questions please email Natalie Lancer on [email protected]

I am running a programme which will equip you to have conversations with your delegates that enable them to think creatively about what it is that they are doing. I have skills, models, tools and exercises to impart, which you can take, adapt and use in your own contexts.

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday 4th May 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 11th May 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 18th May 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 25th May 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 1st June 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 8th June 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 15th June 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 29th June 2021, 7.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 6th July 2021, 7.30-9.30pm


10th February 2021: 8-9pm (London GMT)

Tickets £7

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Retreat hosts Professor Rowena Murray and Dr Natalie Lancer offer strategies to rekindle the joy in your academic writing.

              • Do you need to rekindle the love of writing?

              • Does thinking about writing your chapter or paper fill you with dread?

              • Is writing something you put off to avoid the pain?

Professor Rowena Murray and Natalie Lancer get to the nub of these issues. Join them for an informal evening, full of writing tips to bring the joy back in to your work.  They will be talking about:

                1. The joy of privileging writing over everything else – what that means and how we do it.

                2. The joy of just writing – not doing several things at once, as writing is itself doing several things at once.

                3. Why it is motivating to have specific writing goals and to achieve them.

                4. The joy of writing with others – productive talk and productive silence.

                5. The joy of ‘discipline’ – fixed times and proper breaks.

                6. The joy of doing intellectual work.

We will email you the zoom link and send a reminder to the address you use on PayPal unless you tell us otherwise.

If you have any questions please email Natalie Lancer on [email protected]rg

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