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Dissertation Writers’ Retreats

Online Dissertation Writers’ Retreat

June 1-5, 2020

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, which will 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 retreat will culminate with a final optional peer review workshop on Friday, June 5.

Registration is required by Sunday, May 24: To register, complete the online retreat application form (URL: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=RPJ87NAHXK)

We use your answers to the application questions to select those applicants who seem most ready to benefit from the retreat’s online format of loosely structured writing time.

Retreat Schedule: Monday-Thursday, June 1-4

9:00 Morning Check-In

9:20-12:20 Writing Time

12:20-12:30 Afternoon Check-In

1:00-4 Optional Continued Writing Time

1:00 Optional Daily Workshops

Friday, June 5

10- Noon Optional Peer Review Workshop

Workshop Schedule

Monday: Roundtable Discussion on Strategies for Managing This Time as Graduate Writers with Stacey Satchell, Graduate Life Coach, and Samantha York from the Center for Student Well Being

Tuesday: Revision Tools for Reorganizing Large Projects

Wednesday: Editing Tools: Practical Approaches to Improving Large Projects at the Sentence Level

Thursday: Reading as a Writer, Part 1: Strategies for Offering and Integrating Constructive Feedback

Friday: Reading as a Writer, Part 2: Peer Review

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.