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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  

June 7-10, 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.

Registration is required by Tuesday, May 18. To register, please complete the form here:  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, May 21 and asked to confirm their participation by Tuesday, June 1.

Retreat Schedule: Monday, June 7 – Thursday, June 10

9:00 Morning Check-In

9:20-11:50 Writing Time

11:50-12:00 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

Monday: Establishing and Maintaining a Writing Practice

Tuesday: Managing Large Writing Projects

Wednesday: Revision Tools for Reorganizing Large Writing Projects

Thursday: Strategies for Revising Large Projects at the Sentence Level

Questions? Please contact