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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.


Online Dissertation Writers’ Retreat

Online Dissertation Writers’ Retreat

January 14-15, 2021

Sponsored by the Graduate School and

the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office

The Writing Studio will host an online dissertation writers’ retreat 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.

The deadline for registration has been extended until Thursday, December 17. To register, please complete the form here: https://redcap.link/pibh46eb.

Retreat Schedule: Thursday, January 14 and Friday, January 15

9:00 Morning Check-In

9:20 -12:10 Writing Time

12:10-12:20 Afternoon Check-In

Optional Afternoon Retreat Programming

1:00- 2:00 Daily Workshop

2:00-4:00 One-On-One Writing Consultations

2:00-2:10 Check-in for Afternoon Writing Session

2:10-3:50 Afternoon Writing Time

3:50-4:00 End of Day Check-In

Workshop Schedule

Thursday: Establishing and Maintaining a Writing Practice

Friday: Revision Tools for Reorganizing Large Projects

 Daily Check-In Meetings

Daily check-in meetings provide retreat participants with the opportunity to connect with fellow graduate student writers in small groups. Participants will discuss aspects of the writing process, consider various writing strategies, and articulate their goals for each session.

For additional information about the retreat, please contact simone.mccarter@vanderbilt.edu.