Proposal Writing & Research Retreats

Words of Wisdom

I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.

— John Cheever

The University Writing Center and TAMU Libraries Learning & Outreach offer a Thesis and Dissertation Proposal Writing & Research Retreat twice a year (typically in March & June), with the goal of providing you with a productive environment for completing a proposal. Retreats are one or two-day events held usually during spring break and summer, although dates may vary. Registration is typically limited to about thirty students.

Most of your time will be spent researching and writing your proposal, but that time will be interspersed with short informative presentations and meetings with writing coaches and librarians to help you succeed in the thesis/dissertation proposal writing process. For two day retreats, the first day of the retreat will be devoted to research and the second to writing.

You will receive iindividual coaching on what you are researching and a second coaching session on writing help. Participants are asked to bring their own laptop or anything that will keep you productive, including headphones and research materials. 

We will provide lunches, snacks, and beverages, but you may bring your own food if you prefer. There is no cost.

To qualify for attendance, you must be actively writing your proposal. This retreat is NOT suitable for grant proposals or general course work. Furthermore, this retreat is also NOT suitable for those who have already submitted a proposal and are currently working on a thesis/dissertation.

To participate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You can commit to attending each day, all day from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • You should likely inform your advisor of your attendance

  • You plan to defend your proposal within 3-6 months after the retreat

  • You are actively writing your proposal.

Are you ready to write a proposal? 

The next Proposal Writing & Research Retreat will take place Monday, March 12th (the week of Spring Break). 

Registration will open on a date Thursday, March 1st and will remain open until filled. Students may register here through the Event Registration System (ERS):

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