UGS/Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW) Dissertation Writing Retreat

Event information
Venue:FIU MMC, University Graduate School

UGS/Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW) Dissertation Writing Retreat

In coordination with the FIU Center for Excellence in Writing, UGS will be hosting its annual Dissertation Writing Retreat. The goal is to help writers who are stalled, isolated, off-track, or those with a short time line for graduation to make substantial progress towards completing their dissertation over a 5-day period.

Who is eligible?

  • We anticipate the participation of 10 advanced graduate students.
  • The dissertation writing retreat will be open to graduate students who have an approved proposal (D-3) on file at UGS and have completed all of their data collection and analysis( i.e. students must be in the writing phase of their dissertation).

Participants will:

  • Create an individual work plan and establish daily writing goals;
  • Spend each day on campus writing pages and pages of their dissertation;
  • Have the opportunity to meet with a representative from FIU Statistical Consulting;
  • Meet with the Center for Excellence in Writing faculty advisors to discuss daily progress.

Note: this retreat is not an opportunity to have your dissertation copy-edited. The purpose of this retreat is to get text down on paper. It is understood that the student will need to fine-tune the document in subsequent weeks and perhaps to schedule additional appointments with consultants from the CEW.

Proposed Writing Retreat Schedule:

One-two weeks before the writing retreat, participants will meet with UGS staff for an initial interview to assess writing stage and to discuss goals. Individual appointments will be scheduled. Daily during the retreat each participant will be required to meet individually with a Writing Center Faculty Advisor to discuss progress.

8:15 – 8:30 am Check-In
8:30 – 8:45 am Welcome
9:00 -12:00pm 1st Writing Session
12:00 – 1:00 pm LUNCH (on your own)
1:00 – 4:30 pm 2nd Writing Session

Click Here to see the "FIU Dissertation Writing Retreat Application Form".