Writing Retreats for Graduate
Trying to write your thesis or dissertation?
Canít find the time?
Need a quiet place to work?
Maybe you need a Graduate Writing Retreat!
The next Graduate Writing Retreat will take place
August 10 - 21, 2015
Deadline to apply: Friday, May 15, 2015
(after the deadline, applications are accepted on a
rolling basis when space permits)
To apply, fill out the form here:
What is the Graduate Writing Retreat?
The ARC offers two retreats per year: a one-week retreat
during Winter Break, and a two-week retreat during the
summer. Both retreats are writing intensive workshops to
help you finish your dissertation or thesis. We provide
a comfortable environment, free from distractions, along
with support from the Academic Resource Center. You will
focus entirely on your writing. It is an opportunity to
learn and practice healthy writing habits, to connect
with and work alongside other graduate students from
across the campus, and to take advantage of the guidance
available from the ARCís Graduate Writing Consultants.
Is it for you?
The retreats are geared toward graduate students from
any Tufts department who are in the process of writing a
dissertation or thesis. Students can be at any stage in
the dissertation or thesis process, as long as they plan
to use the retreat primarily for writing (rather than
What to expect
On the first day, there will be a group workshop to
identify common problems for graduate student writers
and strategies for addressing them, to review retreat
policies, and to establish any house rules. Each
participant will draft his or her Personal Writing Plan
and schedule an initial consultation with a Graduate
Writing Consultant. After participants have established
their goals, a typical day will involve at least four
hours of writing time. At the end of retreat,
participants will re-evaluate their goals and progress.
9am Morning writing session begins
1pm Break for lunch
2pm Afternoon writing session begins (optional)
Meet with Writing Consultants one-on-one (optional)
4pm End of day
Continental breakfast each morning will be provided.
Enrollment is capped at 15 students.
students on a first-come, first-served basis.
Participants must apply to participate and commit to the
structure and rules of the retreat.
Kristina Aikens, Associate Director of the ARC, at
The Graduate Writing Retreats are co-sponsored by the
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and the School of