May 24, 2023

The Odegaard Writing and Research Center will be running a flexible writing intensive for ALL dissertating students this June! Students from any program at any stage of the dissertation process are welcome to attend.

 When and where: June 12th and 13th on Zoom

June 14th and 15th at Odegaard Undergraduate Library

Our dissertation intensive provides: 

  • Daily engaged learning opportunities (10:00 – 11:00 AM PDT)
  • 3.5 hours of focused, facilitated writing time throughout the day
  • Daily opportunities to connect with fellow dissertation writers
  • An encouraging environment to make progress on your writing
  • Light refreshments for in-person attendees

Writers are welcome to attend as many or as few activities and daily writing sessions as they wish!

 Interested in joining us? Check out the daily program below or on the OWRC website, and fill out this registration form. We will be in touch with further details as the intensive approaches! 

Dissertation Writing Intensive Daily Schedule:

  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM PDT — Convene and settle in
    • Settle into your workspace and connect with fellow attendees. 
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT —  Engaged Learning Activities
    • June 12 – Webinar: Library resources and tips for dissertation writers
      • Managing your dissertation research can be really overwhelming. In this webinar, a UW Librarian will introduce tools and services that can help you keep everything you need at hand. The presenter will also go over strategies for managing your research and writing process.
    • June 13 – Roundtable: Sustainable Writing Practices
      • One of the most challenging parts about writing a dissertation is finding a writing practice. This interactive roundtable places graduate writers and recent doctoral graduates in conversation to discuss strategies, tips, and advice for how to find a long-term writing practice that works for your writing process.
    • June 14 – Roundtable: Reframing the Dissertation: Possibilities for Public Engagement 
      • Through conversations between graduate and postgraduate writers, this roundtable highlights strategies for reframing the dissertation and invites discussion on possibilities for publicly engaged work. This roundtable explores the relationship between the dissertation and public-facing work and their process in creating and envisioning work for multiple communities and audiences.
    • June 15 – Workshop: Writing for the Job Market – Genres and Strategies
      • Although integral to how many graduate students may envision their long-term professional success, writing for the job market is often overlooked in graduate training. Through discussion of examples and hands-on practice, this workshop aims to help dissertating writers gain familiarity in and take ownership of their writing for different stakeholders in the academic job market.
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT — Facilitated independent writing session
    • Use this time to work on your dissertation or engage a prompt related to the day’s learning activity in a focused, communal, and mutually accountable environment.
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT — Lunch break
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT — Facilitated independent writing session
    • Use this time to work on your dissertation in a focused, communal, and mutually accountable environment.
  • 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM PDT — Debrief and reconnect
    • Reconvene and connect with fellow dissertating writers in a casual, conversational environment.