Dissertation & Thesis Writing Retreats

Words of Wisdom

Managing the anxiety of composition is an essential part of writing. One must master the process of shepherding the private into public. There are bound to be false starts, excursions that turn out to be dead ends.

— Thomas Beller

The goal of a Dissertation & Thesis Writing Retreat is to provide a productive environment for completing a dissertation or thesis. Retreats are four-day events held three times a year, usually in mid-May, late August, and  mid-January, although dates may vary. Registration is limited to graduate students who are working actively on dissertations or theses.

If you join a retreat, you are making a time commitment, and we'll ask you to set aside other work. You will be working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day in Evans Library. Most of the time is spent writing alone, in the company of other writers. Each day you receive 30-45 minutes of individual coaching. At noon, we eat as a group and share information about resources or answer questions. Lunches and light snacks are provided.

To participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You can commit to attending every day, all day.

  • You inform your advisor of your attendance.

  • You are past the proposal stage and are actively writing a thesis or dissertation.

  • You plan to defend your thesis or dissertation within two semesters of attending the retreat.
     

Prior to each retreat, we will send an email to all registered graduate students with instructions for signing up.

Dissertation & Thesis Writing Retreats are for graduate students currently writing their theses/dissertations. Graduate students attending their first retreat have priority over previous attendees. Regular participants in our other graduate programs may receive earlier access to Retreat signups.

If you have questions, contact uwc@tamu.edu

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