2014 Summer Dissertation Writing Retreats for Doctoral Students

The Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development and the UMass Amherst Writing Center are pleased to offer three week-long writing retreats for dissertation writers this summer. Open to graduate students from across campus, these retreats offer extensive structured time to write, receive feedback, and develop effective writing strategies.

Goals of the retreat: Throughout the week-long retreat, graduate student writers will: • Practice setting and achieving short- and medium-term goals for writing. • Develop strategies for planning, getting started, drafting, and revising. • Receive individual feedback and critical advice about their writing in progress from the retreat’s writing consultants. • Have sustained writing time over the course of five days, free from other obligations and distractions, to develop effective rhythms for writing and make significant progress on a lengthy piece of writing.

Session 1: June 2-6 (CNS, Engineering, SPHHS, Nursing)
Session 2: June 16-20 (open to all disciplines)
Session 3: August 4-8 (SBS, Education, HFA, ISOM)

Childcare scholarships for up to $150 will be available from the Graduate School for students who need them.

How to apply: These writing retreats will be offered at NO COST through the support of the Graduate School and UMass Amherst Writing Center. Each retreat will be limited to 15 participants, who will be selected based on the strength of their application.

Please send the following application materials to the UMass Amherst Writing Center at writingcenter@acad.umass.edu:
1. a statement (no longer than one single-spaced page) describing how participation in this retreat will help you make progress on your dissertation. If you wish to request a particular session, please explain.
2. an abstract of your dissertation (no longer than two single-spaced pages). Priority will be given to writers whose prospectuses have been approved by their departments and who have completed necessary fieldwork or lab work.
3. a brief email from your advisor endorsing your participation in the retreat. This email should be sent directly from your advisor to writingcenter@acad.umass.edu.

Fall 2014 Hours
Sunday 2pm - 6pm
Monday 10am - 9pm
Tuesday 10am - 9pm
Wednesday 10am - 9pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 2pm

We are located in the northwest corner of the W.E.B. DuBois Library's Learning Commons.