The CGU Writing Center offers weekend dissertation boot camps throughout the year, as well as one annual week-long boot camp during the summer.
Dates for Spring 2016
January 16 & 17
February 13 & 14
March 12 & 13
April 9 & 10
May 7 & 8
What is a dissertation writing boot camp?
The dissertation writing boot camp is a writing retreat for graduate students who must balance their dissertation writing with the demands and responsibilities of home and work. The Boot Camps offer students a quiet space to write with no distractions or interruptions. The Writing Center provides a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and individual spaces for focused writing.
The Boot Camp process develops writers' ability to set effective goals or writing intentions and to track and understand their writing process. In addition to providing a dedicated space for a weekend of writing, the boot camp process helps students find sustainable writing habits that move their work forward. In addition, we become a community of writers committed to completing our dissertations on schedule, supporting and cheering each other on, and sharing strategies and experiences to help each other navigate the dissertation process with our sanity intact!
The Dissertation Boot Camps are open to students who are ABD (have been advanced to candidacy). Students in the dissertation proposal stage and students working on Master's theses can apply, but preference will be given to ABD students.
Weekend Boot Camps
When is it?: The second weekend of the month, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Can I come?: Current CGU students who are ABD are eligible to attend the weekend boot camps. Space is limited and registration is first-come, first served. Proposal and Master's thesis students will be considered after all ABD students have been registered.
How do I sign up?: Once the announcement for each month's Boot Camp goes out, RSVP here to reserve your space.
Please note: If you do not attend ALL of the boot camp, including writing sessions and lunches, a $50 charge will be applied to your student account.
Week-long Boot Camp: Coming Summer 2016!
How is it different from the weekend boot camp?: Along with meeting for a whole week, rather than a weekend, summer boot camp participants benefit from a number of other boot camp features. These include guest faculty and peer speakers addressing issues such as the writing process and staying motivated, as well as group discussions, over 35 hours of quiet writing time and a reward for your effort.
Can I come?: Unlike the weekend Boot Camp, there is an application process for the week-long Boot Camp. Only current CGU students who are ABD may apply. Proposal and Master's thesis students are not eligible for this camp.
How do I apply?: Eligible students must submit anapplication which includes a brief statement on how you hope to benefit from the Boot Camp, goals for the week set in collaboration with your advisor or chairperson, accompanied by an email from your advisor confirming those goals (to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org). If you are accepted to the week-long Boot Camp and you fail to attend any part of it, a fee of $100 will be charged to your student account.