Intensive Graduate Thesis Writing Retreat

What is a thesis writing retreat?

The retreat is a two-day opportunity for students writing their thesis to set writing goals, practice disciplined writing habits, learn new strategies, and connect with other writers.

What do participants do each day?

  • Set achievable goals before the retreat begins and declare those goals publicly.
  • Spend a few minutes meeting other writers to discuss goals and plans for the day.
  • Enjoy blocks of uninterrupted writing time.
  • Review and update their writing goals for the week.
  • Spend time reflecting on the process of writing.
  • Develop a supportive community of peers.

Participants may also…

  • experiment or explore their writing with guidance from trained writing consultants.
  • develop reporting of statistics and results with the assistance of a member of the RStats team.
  • explore research methods with a research librarian.

When is the next in-person retreat?

February 22 & 23, 2024, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Meets in Meyer Library 107
  • Registration capped at 30 participants
  • Full commitment is required (no coming and going)
  • A light breakfast, lunch, drinks, and snacks provided

Contact Michael Frizell, Director of Student Learning Services, for an application.

When is the application deadline, and what materials do you need for my application?

Aplication Deadline

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Participant notification: Friday, February 9, 2024

Materials Needed

  • Official Application
  • Proof of Enrollment in the Graduate College’s Thesis Blackboard Course
You should apply for the retreat when you are…
  • enrolled in the Graduate College’s Thesis Blackboard course.
  • completed the Thesis Publishing Guide quiz.
  • actively engaged in the writing phase of your thesis.
  • ready to spend 12 hours writing, working with experts to improve your work.
  • Able to commit to arriving by the starting time and staying until the end on both days.
You should not apply for the retreat if you are…
  • not actively writing.
  • seeking a class or workshop about writing your thesis — what parts they have, what they should look like, step-by-step instructions for writing one, etc.
  • not fully available on the specified dates.