Spring Dissertation Writing Retreat

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Please Note: Typically the retreat takes place in the University Writing Center in Ekstrom Library and includes lunch and snacks. This year, because of the COVID19 Pandemic, the retreat will be conducted online. 

The University Writing Center will host its tenth annual Dissertation Writing Retreat from May 10-14, 2021. We encourage all writers currently working on their dissertations to apply. In past retreats, we have worked with writers representing a range of disciplines from Public Health to Engineering to Social Work to Humanities. Some of these writers had just begun writing, some were in the middle of their writing projects, and others were getting close to completing their dissertations. Regardless of where they were in the process, all the participants made progress on their dissertations and left with a set of writing strategies that would help them maintain their momentum on their projects. Read about how the participants from last year's retreat, which was also held online, thought the retreat helped them.

At this year’s retreat, writers will write for several hours each day; take part in short, writing-focused workshops; and work with a writing consultant for an hour each day. The University Writing Center consultants who work during the retreat are experienced writing teachers who are also PhD students currently working on their dissertations.  Each participant in the retreat will be paired with the same consultant for the entire week.

The Dissertation Writing Retreat is organized by the University Writing Center with support from the UofL Graduate School. There is no fee for participating. The retreat will be held on May 10-May 14, 2021, 9 AM to 4 PM daily. Participants must be willing to attend the entire week.

All 14 spots are currently filled; new applications will be placed on the waiting list.

To apply, participants must submit the following items to writing@louisville.edu:
1.    A letter written by the writer stating the reasons for applying for the Retreat and goals for the week.
2.    A letter of support written by the writer’s adviser/director.
3.    Any documents related to the dissertation (i.e. drafts, proposals, etc.).

Please note, completed applications are considered, and accepted, in the order in which they are received.  

Priority will be will given to applicants who have not previously participated in a Dissertation Writing Retreat.

If you have questions about the retreat, contact the University Writing Center at 502-852-2173 or writing@louisville.edu.