The dates for the 2021 sessions of the Dissertation Write-In are:

Monday, June 14 - Thursday, June 17
Monday, September 13 - Thursday, September 16

All parts of the 2021 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.

Every 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 must 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:

  • The June session is limited to a total of 30 participants, and the September session 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 1 this would be Spring Quarter and for Session 2 this would be Fall Quarter).

SESSION 1 (June 14-17)

Application opens: Monday, April 19

Application closes: Friday, May 7

Applicants notified: Monday, May 17

SESSION 2 (September 13-16)

Application opens: Monday, July 12

Application closes: Friday, July 23

Date of notification: Monday, August 2


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

In addition to the intensive Dissertation Write-In, students are also encouraged to look into GRAD/WRIT 282AA: Dissertation/Thesis Writing Communities, a Spring Quarter pass/no pass course led by Dr. Robby Nadler that provides students with weekly writing times, writing lessons, and peer review opportunities.