The 2018 sessions of the Dissertation Write-In were held on:

Monday, June 18 - Thursday, June 21
Monday, September 17 - Thursday, September 20

Information on our 2019 sessions will be publicized in spring 2019.

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

Important: Once you have completed the application, ​you must also send PDFs of your dissertation prospectus (where applicable) and a completed chapter (either drafted or accepted) to Dr. Katie Baillargeon of UCSB's Writing Program, who will direct the ​Write-In.

Please note:

  • The Dissertation Write-In is limited to 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 students must not be in P3 status in order to receive this award.

SESSION 1 (June 18-21)

Application opens: Thursday, May 10

Application closes: Tuesday, May 22

Date of notification: Friday, June 1

SESSION 2 (September 17-20)

Application opens: Monday, July 23

Application closes: Monday, August 6

Date of notification: Monday, August 13

Have questions about the Dissertation Write-In? Please email Shawn Warner-Garcia, Director of Graduate Student Professional Development.