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Dissertation Writers’ Retreats

A square image promoting the annual Dissertation Retreat SeriesThe Writing Studio’s dissertation writers’ retreat series provides dissertating graduate students with time to work individually in a quiet, collegial atmosphere. During retreats, we couple ample writing time with optional, one-on-one consultations and daily workshops meant to focus writers on their argumentation, chapter structure, and daily writing goals. We hold an annual week-long retreat during the summer and mini-retreats during fall and spring breaks.

Information about upcoming or recent retreats can be found below.


Fall Dissertation Writers’ Retreat

Spring Dissertation Writers’ Retreat*

March 7-8, 2022

Sponsored by the Graduate School and                                    

the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office 

The Writing Studio will host a dissertation writers’ retreat during spring break. The retreat is designed to provide dissertating students with a community of support and opportunities for goal setting and skill building alongside loosely structured time to work individually on their writing projects. Graduate students working on master’s theses and other advanced writing projects are also welcome to participate. We will couple ample writing time with optional daily workshops and one-on-one writing consultations.

Registration is required by Monday, February 21. To register, please complete the form here: https://redcap.link/k3cygmyz. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Thursday, February 24 and asked to confirm their participation by Tuesday, March 1.

*Special Note

We currently plan to offer the retreat in person in alignment with the university’s plan to resume in-person activities beginning January 24. If circumstances require that we move the event online, applicants will be notified no later than February 24.

Retreat Schedule

9:00 Morning Check-In

9:20-11:50 Writing Time

11:50 End of Morning Session Check-In

1:00- 2:00 Daily Workshop

2:00 Check-in for Afternoon Writing Session

2:10-3:50 Writing Time

2:00-3:50 Optional One-On-One Writing Consultations

3:50 End of Day Check-In

Questions? Please contact simone.mccarter@vanderbilt.edu.