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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. 

Session Topic Date Time

Understanding the Document

The Genre, Audience, Purpose, and Structure of a Dissertation (RSVP)

Monday, January 27 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Putting the Pieces Together

Telling a Story through Your Chapters (RSVP)

Monday, February 3 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Actually Writing It! 

Strategies for Motivating and Sustaining Your Dissertation Writing (RSVP)

Monday, February 10 1:00pm - 5:00pm


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!

Sign up for the Dissertation Writer's Workshop.