Is getting your writing done a real challenge?


– Not here! –

Go on an academic writing week in Spain and combine work with pleasure.

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Getting your writing done can be a real challenge…


The advantages of going on an academic writing week in Spain are big:


  • You will not feel guilty anymore for going to a nice place, because you are on a workation

  • Chances are high that you will do more than you would have when you stayed home

  • You will leave satisfied and relaxed, ready to continue the work at home


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In this short FREE videocall, you can ask me anything about the academic writing weeks over a digital coffee!

I would love to get to know you and answer your questions.

What is an academic writing week?

Your academic writing week in Spain…

  • Is a workation for academics

Whether you are a PhD student or a Postdoc; during your academic writing week you can focus on getting your writing done, while enjoying the Spanish sun.

  • Is an intense week

You will connect with fellow academics, you will make a lot of progress on your writing, and you will do fun activities. Albeit being intense, you will feel satisfied after a week.

  • Is a week where you decide what to work on

Before the week starts, you will decide what you are going to work on. We will start every day plenary, to discuss what you want to achieve today. After that, there is plenty of room for you to do why you are here: writing!

  • Is not an academic writing course

This is a week where you will write your academic paper, grant, proposal, etcetera, and finally get the words on paper. It is not a course on how to improve your academic writing skills.

  • Is not a week for soloists

Although you will work hard, you will also connect with other academics.

  • Is not a retreat in the middle of nowhere

I am proud to tell you that the “Casa” where you will be staying during your writing week, is located in the middle of the old town of Velez-Malaga. In other words: You can have a drink on a sunny terrace within a 5-minute stroll.

For who?

The academic writing week is something for you if

you need a change of scenery, but you are too busy with work

The academic writing week is a perfect combination of work and leisure. The sun in Velez-Malaga shines over 300 days a year, so you are sure of good breaks outside.

you want to connect with other academics and have a good time together

By going to an academic writing week, you will meet new (international) PhD students and Postdocs. You can talk about your life and work, and go on different activities together.

you want to make big steps on your academic writing

During this week, you will pre-commit yourself to writing. Therefore, you will definitely make big steps with your writing, maybe even more than expected beforehand!

The venue

This is where you will be staying:

The academic writing retreat is located in the middle of Vélez-Málaga, Southern Spain.



  • Find your own writing spot in this Spanish townhouse with over 350 squared meters.
  • Swim every day in your own swimming pool
  • Feel the sun on your skin when having a coffee on a terrace for around 1 euro
  • Cycle to the beach in less than 20 minutes with your own bike
  • Enjoy the real Spain and unwind after a day of hard work
  • Get to know fellow academics in a relaxed setting

Group size

6-10 fellow academics


  • Enough space to find your ideal writing spot: on a big communal table, or in a quiet corner
  • Outside or inside: whatever you prefer
  • A group check-in every day, to help you feel motivated


  • 6 bedrooms with 3 double beds and 7 single beds
  • 2 large bathrooms
  • Single occupancy of bedrooms available at extra charge


  • Free internet to use
  • Speed (coming soon)
I would love to hear more!

An example of a day

Curious to find out how your days will look like?

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Your group leader

She is a scientist herself!

Hi there! I am Tonke, a scientist myself.

I hold a PhD in medical engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Now, I live partly in the Netherlands and in Southern Spain, where I do have a new renovation project going on.

After obtaining my PhD degree, I started my own business “Doctor Tonke”. I help PhD students become independent and confident researchers by offering academic support. Moreover, I work as a Postdoc for a Dutch hospital and do freelance research work.

During the last year of my PhD, I went on and off to Spain to focus on writing my papers.  It was amazing. Every single time I did more than I expected beforehand. I came back powerful and in control.

I immediately knew that this was something I wanted to share with other academics. I would love to make you experience the same.


“Every single time I did more than I expected beforehand”


  • Check-in from 15.00h

  • Get to know each other drinks


General schedule Monday – Friday

  • 08.30h – 09.00h: Plenary opening

  • 09.00h – 10.45h: Writing session 1

  • 10.45h – 11.15h: Coffee break with fruit

  • 11.15h – 13.30h: Writing session 2

  • 13.30h – 14.30h: Plenary lunch

  • 14.30h – 18.00h: You choose: Work or leisure

  • Evening: Free time or group activity



  • Big goodbye breakfast

  • Check-out at 11.00h

Group Activities throughout the week

  1. Welcome drinks

  2. Paella evening

  3. Walking lunch tour through the old town of Velez-Malaga

  4. Catamaran sunset trip

  5. Wine/tapas tasting night



2022 week 1:

Sunday 3 – Saturday 9th of April


2022 week 2:

Sunday 19 – Saturday 25th of June


What other PhD students say about me

“Doctor Tonke shared so many good tips and tricks and I have enjoyed implementing them! Finally, she's approachable, kind, friendly and always so happy!”

Harriet Earle-BrownUniversity of Exeter, UK

“Tonke is a great group mentor. She blends into the group, letting (conversational) hierarchies disappear by never loosing them out of sight.”

Constanze Küchler - Universität Augsburg, GermanyMedia, Knowledge, and Communication

“Doctor Tonke has given us important tools how to cooperate with things that really matter, such as time management, motivation, focus, balance work-life etc. I trust her and therefore I highly recommend her!”

Melina Laina - GreeceApplied linguistics

The investment

€1399 Normal investment

NOW: €999

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What is included?

From breakfast to activities. Find it out here


  • 6 nights academic workation in a 350 squared metres Andalucian townhouse with private pool
  • 6 times a self-service breakfast (Yoghurt, toast, fruit, oats, ham, cheese, eggs, juice, etc.)
  • 6 times healthy group lunches (ranging from sandwiches to salads and soup)
  • coffee and tea breaks throughout your stay (good coffee, good tea, fresh fruit and cookies)
  • a cleaning lady who cleans the house every day
  • all group activities (welcome drinks, paella evening, walking tour, catamaran sunset trip, wine/tapas tasting)
  • group support by an experienced researcher with PhD title
  • Free cancellation policy if you can’t come due to COVID-19

not included

  • your flight
  • your dinners – you can choose for yourself if you want to go out for dinner or use the big communal kitchen!
  • additional individual support*
  • a private room**

*If needed, you can book additional individual support with me. Please ask me about this service.
** Bedrooms at your venue are shared (same sex). If you prefer a private room, you can book this service at an additional cost of 200 Euros.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this writing week something for me?

Depends! It is for all academics who would like to work hard while enjoying the Spanish sun. For those who like to get to know new people and new cultures.

How do I get there?

You can fly to Malaga airport. From there, you can go to Velez-Malaga in 40 minutes by car or taxi, or you can take public transport (~2 hours).

Do I have to work 40 hours?

You can choose your own schedule. In the morning at 08.30h, you will start plenary and discuss your goals for the day. You will write until lunch time, have lunch with the group and after lunch you can decide if you want to do something fun, or if you continue working.

Can I have my own bedroom?

Yes, you can have your own bedroom at an additional cost of EUR200. If you don’t choose this option, you will have your own bed in a shared bedroom with people from the same sex.

What happens if I can’t come because of COVID-19?

If you can’t come due to COVID-19, either in your country, or in Spain, all costs will be reimbursed.

My question is not answered here?

You can schedule a short free call with mee, and I will be more than happy to answer your question(s) about the academic writing week!

Ready to come over to Spain and get your writing done?

Making BIG steps with your academic writing ánd enjoying your time?