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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

Fall Dissertation Writers’ Retreat

October 14-15, 2021

Sponsored by the Graduate School and                                    

the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office 

The Writing Studio will host an in-person 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. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Registration is required by Monday, September 27. To register, please complete the form here: https://redcap.link/iw9v9188. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, October 1 and are asked to confirm their participation by Monday, October 4.

Retreat Schedule

9:00 Morning Check-In

9:20-11:50 Writing Time

11:50-12:00 Afternoon Check-In

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

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