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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.

Summer Dissertation Writers’ Retreat 2023

Summer Dissertation Writers’ Retreat: June 5-9, 2023

Sponsored by the Graduate School and the College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office

The Writing Studio will host a week-long summer Dissertation Writers’ Retreat during the first full week of June. 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 writing projects. Graduate students and postdocs 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 Thursday, May 18. To participate, please complete a registration form. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, May 22 and asked to confirm their participation by Thursday, May 25.

Questions? Please email

Summer Retreat Daily Schedule

9:00 Morning Check-In with Small Group

9:20-Noon Writing Time

Noon-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 2:00 Optional Daily Workshop

2:00-3:50 Writing Time

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

3:50 End of Day Check-In