Thesis Writing Retreat

The School of Graduate Studies and the Writing Centre are pleased to offer an intensive one-week program designed to help graduate students make significant progress on or complete their theses. Memorial’s Thesis Writing Retreat offers a dedicated time and space free from distractions to help students write and provides them with a supportive and interdisciplinary intellectual community. Writing staff will be available throughout the day to address specific questions or concerns you might have.

Dates/time:

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., August 21 - 25, 2017 (5 consecutive days)

Capacity:

25 students

Eligibility:

To participate, you must be registered as a masters or doctoral student at Memorial University, and you must be engaged in writing your thesis as opposed to any shorter, course-related text.

Location:

Writing Centre, Room SN2053

Daily Schedule:

Activity

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday)

 

Developing the problem statement + community building

Warm-up activity

Warm-up activity

Warm-up activity

Warm-up activity

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Writing

Writing

Writing

Writing

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch (on own)

Lunch (on own)

Lunch (on own)

Lunch (on own)

Lunch (on own)

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing

Writing

Writing

Writing

Writing

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Reporting back in groups of 3

Reporting back in groups of 3

Reporting back in groups of 3

Reporting back in groups of 3

Reporting back in groups of 3

 

Expectations:

  • Students selected for the Writing Retreat should meet with faculty supervisors prior to the Writing Retreat to establish goals for the week and organize materials needed for writing.
  • Students should arrive with all materials needed for a full day of writing (including laptops, books, articles, notes, etc.).
  • Students should establish personal goals and measure achievements at the start and end of each day.
  • Students should arrive by 9 a.m. each day to participate in the morning activity.
  • Students should bring their own laptop.
  • Light refreshments are provided (cereal bars, fruits, etc.) but you are welcome to bring your own snacks.
  • The thesis-writing retreat is a full, five-day commitment. If you are unsure of whether you will be able to attend for all morning and afternoon sessions, please consider releasing your spot to someone who can commit themselves to the retreat in its entirety.
  • This week is intended to give you the opportunity to generate text, not to perfect it.

Rules:

  • No criticisms (including self-criticism)
  • Internet is OK, but no Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • No cell phones except during lunch (lunch from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • Quiet space maintained (no loud conversations during dedicated writing periods)
  • Must attend and write every day of the 5-day program
  • Be punctual (arrive before 9 a.m. each day)
  • Be prepared to write (this is what the week is all about)
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptops, fully charged, if possible, as there are a limited number of electrical outlets.

*Please Note: While the Retreat is housed in the Writing Centre, tutoring sessions will not be offered. The Retreat is not designed to provide intensive writing assistance, nor to help students improve their academic English. It is intended as a space and a time in which to write independently, as part of a supportive group of cross-disciplinary peers.

To apply:

Email Julie Bowering at jbowering@mun.ca with your name, student number, degree and academic unit, and a brief description outlining your current writing stage and the reason you would like to participate in the Writing Retreat by August 7, 2017.

Photos:

View photos of previous Thesis Writing Retreats

 

Contact

School of Graduate Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca