Dissertation Boot Camp is an intensive workshop designed to provide dedicated and quiet writing space for students who are looking to jumpstart their dissertation, thesis, or proposal writing process. Accomodations include space for quiet writing, space for mini-workshops, and space for breaks.
Optional mini-workshops will focus on topics such as writing, editing, references, staying healthy, motivation, and managing time and work, among others. Students can also sign up to meet one-on-one with writing consultants during the workshop. Meals and snacks will be provided.
Dissertation Writing Boot Camp: Stage 1
Students in Stage 1 are beginning to write the dissertation, thesis, or proposal
Dissertation Writing Boot Camp: Stage 2
Students in Stage 2 have already written a good portion of the dissertation, thesis, or proposal (e.g. a third or more of the literature review, some of the results, etc.)
Interested in learning more about how Boot Camp works and what to expect? Check out the information below for details and resources that you can use all year.
Bootcamp Goals, Requirements, & Resources
- We will identify and use strategies that increase our writing productivity, and learn to avoid the most common time management mistakes graduate students make.
- We will develop a strategic plan for writing and degree completion that is consistent with our individual writing process and habits. Central to this is a consistent daily writing routine.
- We will develop a network of support and accountability for academic writing so that we can continue our productive and successful writing after Boot Camp ends.
- Attend Boot Camp every day, and write a minimum of five hours each day of Boot Camp.
- Participate in group meetings designed to help you set goals, identify obstacles, manage writing time (and energy), avoid procrastination and perfectionism.
- Take breaks as needed.
- Complete and submit your productivity chart and other "assignments."
- Respect your fellow Bootcampers and help to create a quiet and productive writing space for everyone.
- How to Create A Summer Plan - Kerry Ann Rockquemore, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
- What's Holding You Back? - Heather Zwicker and Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Inside Higher Ed
- UC Merced Boot Camp Bibliography - this is a nice big list of print resources for all your writing questions