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. If you are looking for some distraction-free time to write and can commit to a consistent writing schedule, then this retreat is for you.

Although we will have a few guest speakers, the majority of the time at the Writing Groups will be dedicated to independent writing. This event is not meant for students who are seeking help learning or developing their academic writing, but rather for those who are currently engaged in substantial writing already. The Writing Centre continues to offer appointments for students who would like one-on-one help.

If you have any questions, please contact the event facilitator directly (Kaue Matias, or the Writing Centre (


December 11th to December 15th, 2023
9 am - 4 pm Newfoundland Time (NT)

Students who register for the Writing Retreat are expected to come to all meetings. However, we will be accommodating students who may face unexpected circumstances that prevent them from attending some of the meetings.

Students who will only be able to attend some meetings or a partial number of hours per day should contact the event facilitator before registering. Accommodations will be granted for students who can demonstrate need (e.g., childcare responsibilities, conflicting work schedules).


  • In-Person for students in the St. John’s Metro Area. On campus, location to be determined.
  • Online for students outside the St. John’s Metro Area.


  • The writing group is intended to give students the opportunity to generate text, not perfect it.
  • Graduate students are encouraged to meet with their supervisors prior to the writing group to establish goals.
  • All participants should measure their achievements at the start and end of each session.
  • The retreat is a full, five-day commitment.




If the registration is full, you may use the waitlist link and you will be contacted if we are able to accommodate you. Please do not register using the other link if the registration is full (e.g., online when you would like to come in-person).

Students who submit incomplete forms or inconsistent responses (e.g., indicate you would like to come to the retreat to take writing classes) may be contacted to confirm their intention to attend the event or have their registration removed.

The event facilitator will take attendance on the first day. Students who are not present and have not arranged for accommodations may forfeit their place in the Writing Retreat. Students who miss more than one day thereafter without an accommodation may also forfeit their place in the Writing Retreat.

In-Person Waitlist

Online Waitlist