Dissertation Writers Retreat

Are you a late-stage dissertation writer? Attend this free, week-long retreat focusing on both strategies for completing and how to plan for life after the dissertation.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will include workshops and presentations; free lunch and childcare will be provided. CWC consultants will be available to assist with any writing questions, and librarians will be available for research assistance. Register at bit.ly/dwr2020 by December 14 to reserve free childcare provided by the Lipman Early Learning and Research Center, catered lunch, coffee, tea, and breakfast snacks, and study room. Monday and Friday, enjoy quiet space devoted to writing.

Questions? Contact Michael Harris at mwhrris2@memphis.edu.

Below is a tentative retreat schedule:

RETREAT SCHEDULE

MONDAY, JANUARY 13
Writing (Reserved Group Study Rooms)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 – McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons Area
8 AM – Coffee, tea, and morning snacks available
8:30-9:15 AM – Strategies for the Coming Days & Getting Through the Final Stretch – Michael Harris, University Libraries and Scott Sundvall, CWC
Get the retreat off to a great start by strategizing your plan for the coming days and semester. How to manage time, be productive even when you are stuck, and knowing that it is okay to take breaks.
9:15 AM-Noon – Writing (Reserved Group Study Room)
Noon – Lunch
12:30-1:15 PM – Topic TBA – Psychological Services Center
Writing a dissertation is one of the most stressful things someone can do. Pressure for your time comes from friends, family, advisors, and jobs. But you are not alone, and there are many resources on and off campus that can help you maintain a healthy mental state.
1:15-4:30 – Writing (Reserved Group Study Rooms)
5 PM – Library Closes

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 – McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons Area
8 AM – Coffee, tea, and morning snacks available
8:30-9:15 AM – Don’t Trip on the Paperwork and Formatting on Your Way to the Finish Line – Jennifer Beech, Graduate School
It’s not enough to just write a dissertation, there are forms to fill out and formatting guidelines to get right. Learn the tips and tricks straight from the person who oversees it all.
9:15 AM-Noon – Writing (Reserved Group Study Room)
Noon – Lunch
12:30-1:15 PM – I’ve Finished…What’s Next? – Jamel Major, Career Services
Finishing the dissertation is just part of the battle, now you need to turn that into a job! Campus career services is here to help you along the way.
1:15-4:30 – Writing (Reserved Group Study Rooms)
5 PM – Library Closes

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 – McWherter Library, 2nd Floor Commons Area
8 AM – Coffee, tea, and morning snacks available
8:30-9:15 AM – Publication Tips for Grad Students and Early Career Scholars – Michael Harris, University Libraries
How do I publish? A great question, from selecting the right journal to knowing how to adhere to house styles, publishing in journals and books is a difficult process, and rejection is just part of the experience that is academic publishing.
9:15 AM-Noon – Writing (Reserved Group Study Rooms)
Noon – Lunch
12:30-1:15 PM – Event Reflection: What Worked? What Didn’t?
Take time to reflect on the retreat, and share successes and opportunities. Let the hosts know what you liked and opportunities for future retreats.
1:15-4:30 – Writing (Reserved Group Study Room)
5 PM – Library Closes

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
Writing (Reserved Group Study Rooms)

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