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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 doctoral 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 18-22, 2014 (5 consecutive days)

Capacity:

25 students

Eligibility:

To participate, you must be registered as a doctoral student at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Location:

Writing Centre, Room SN2053

Daily Schedule:

Activity

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9 to 9:30 a.m. (9 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

Writing

12 to 1 p.m.

Lunch (on own)

Lunch (on own)

Lunch (on own)

Lunch (on own)

Lunch (on own)

1 to 3:45 p.m.

Writing

Writing

Writing

Writing

Writing

3:30 to 4 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 attend the morning presentation each day of the Writing Retreat.
  • Light refreshments are provided (cereal bars, fruits, etc.) but you are welcome to bring your own snacks.

Rules:

  • No criticisms (including self-criticism)
  • Internet is OK, but no Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • No cell phones except during lunches (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 not a writing workshop)

To apply:

Email 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 8, 2014.

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