The 2020 sessions of the Dissertation Write-In will be held on:

Monday, June 15 - Thursday, June 18
Monday, September 21 - Thursday, September 24

All parts of the 2020 Dissertation Write-In sessions will be facilitated remotely; additional information will be sent to students who are selected to participate. See below for more information about eligibility, application procedures, and deadlines.

Each summer, the Graduate Division and Summer Sessions hosts two sessions of the Dissertation Write-In. These free, four-day writing workshops are aimed at helping Ph.D. students in the middle stages of their dissertation process by providing intensive writing times, breakout sessions with a facilitator on typical dissertation issues (including dealing with procrastination, managing research and sources, and writing to work through difficult ideas), one-on-one consultations with the facilitator, and peer consultations. Participants gain strategies and tools to create positive writing habits and thus become more efficient and productive writers.

You are eligible to apply if you are a Ph.D. student who:

  • Has advanced to candidacy;
  • Has completed a chapter of your dissertation; and
  • Is committed to attending all sessions of the Write-In.

Interested students complete a short application that includes the following information:

  • A brief (approximately 150 words) description of your dissertation project
  • A list of your work/progress on your research and writing up to this point
  • Any obstacles you have encountered in your writing thus far
  • Expectations for what you hope to accomplish during the Write-In
  • Identify specific writing issues with which you would like help
  • PDFs of your dissertation prospectus (where applicable) and a completed chapter (either drafted or accepted)

Please note:

  • Each session of the Dissertation Write-In is limited to a total of 20 participants.
  • As part of its efforts to provide financial support for graduate students who are engaged in short-term intensive campus programs that contribute to their development as academic professionals, the Graduate Division will provide a Professional Development Award to the participants of the Dissertation Write-In. A fellowship of $400 will be awarded to students who successfully complete all four days of the program. Note that this fellowship is available to students regardless of P-status and receiving the fellowship funding requires full time registration in the relevant quarter (for Session I this would be Spring Quarter and for Session II this would be Fall Quarter).

SESSION 1 (June 15-18)

Application opens: Tuesday, April 21

Application closes: Friday, May 8

Date of notification: Monday, May 18

SESSION 2 (September 21-24)

Application opens: Monday, July 20

Application closes: Monday, August 3

Date of notification: Monday, August 10

If you have questions, please email Katie Baillargeon (who facilitates the program) or Shawn Warner (who coordinates the program).