Thesis Writing Retreat

The School of Graduate Studies and the Writing Centre are pleased to offer an intensive 5-day 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, encouraging and interdisciplinary intellectual community.


April 26- April 30, 2021
9 am - 4 pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT) 


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


Online via WebEx 

Tentative Schedule:

9:00 - 9:30 Warm-up activity and/or guest speaker
9:30 - 12:30 Writing
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch (on own)
1:30 - 3:30 Writing
3:30 - 4:00 Reconvene to discuss progress


  • Students are encouraged to meet with their supervisors prior to the retreat to establish goals.
  • Students should establish personal goals and measure achievements at the start and end of each day.
  • Students should be ready by 9 am daily to participate in the morning activity.
  • The retreat is a full, five-day commitment.
  • The retreat is intended to give students the opportunity to generate text, not to perfect it.

To Apply: Email Carolyn Best at and insert "Thesis Writing Retreat – April 2021" as the subject line

Application Deadline: April 21, 2021


School of Graduate Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000