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Dissertation Writer's Workshop

The Dissertation Writer's Workshop is a new pilot program from the Writing Hub, specifically intended for ABD graduate students who are in the process of writing their dissertations. The program consists of 3 sessions, each designed to demystify the dissertation and give advanced graduate students time and space to write in the company of their peers.

One thing that makes writing a dissertation so challenging is that, for most of us, it is our first (and only) time writing in that genre. The lack of familiarity with the genre often leads to confusion, procrastination, anxiety, and beyond. You can finish your dissertation. Learning more about both the product you are creating and the process it entails will help you get there.

Workshop Format

Part workshop, part writing retreat, the Dissertation Writer's Workshop consists of 3 consecutive sessions. Each session will entail a 1.5 hour workshop designed to demystify the dissertation, as well as 2.5 hours of structured, independent writing time to help you make progress. Topics for each workshop portion are below. 

Dissertation Writer's Workshop Session Schedule

  • Session 1 - Understanding the Document: The Genre, Audience, Purpose, and Structure of a Dissertation (offered July 14 and August 20) 
  • Session 2 - Putting the Pieces Together: Telling a Story through Your Chapters (offered July 15 and August 27)
  • Session 3 - Actually Writing It! Strategies for Motivating and Sustaining Your Dissertation Writing (offered July 16 and September 3)

In Summer 2020, the Dissertation Writer's Workshop will be offered twice, once in a 3-day format and again in a 3-week format. You are welcome to attend all the sessions in one format, or mix-and-match across the formats to suit your schedule. Each session of the Dissertation Writer's Workshop is designed to complement the previous. We recommend you attend all 3 sessions if possible. However, if you can only attend one or two sessions, that is also okay!

RSVP for sessions in the 3-Day Dissertation Writer's Workshop

  • July 14 (12-4pm) - Understanding the Document: The Genre, Audience, Purpose, and Structure of a Dissertation
  • July 15 (12-4pm) - Putting the Pieces Together: Telling a Story through Your Chapters
  • July 16 (12-4pm) - Actually Writing It! Strategies for Motivating and Sustaining Your Dissertation Writing

RSVP for sessions in the 3-Week Dissertation Writer's Workshop

  • August 20 (12-4pm) - Understanding the Document: The Genre, Audience, Purpose, and Structure of a Dissertation
  • August 27 (12-4pm) - Putting the Pieces Together: Telling a Story through Your Chapters
  • September 3 (12-4pm) - Actually Writing It! Strategies for Motivating and Sustaining Your Dissertation Writing

All sessions of the Dissertation Writer's Workshop will continue to take place via Zoom. Participants will be sent appropriate Zoom links after they submit their RSVP forms.