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Dissertation Writing

Only offered in Winter Term

This course is intended for doctoral students who want to complete one or more chapters of their dissertation, while gaining skills in planning, managing, and improving their dissertation writing process. The course engages doctoral students in defining the expectations of a dissertation in their discipline, setting goals for their writing, and developing practices that writers can apply both to their dissertation as well as to other writing pieces. As part of the writing process, students will give and receive peer feedback on drafts of their work and revise their work.

The format for this course combines class meetings with “just write” sessions. During class meetings, students explore conventions of the dissertation, work on structure, organization and language, and give and receive feedback on drafts. For the “just write” sessions, students devote blocks of time to writing parts of their dissertation chapters.

  • This course is not designed to provide intensive language study for multilingual speakers.
  • Classes will be held in-person Fridays 12:00pm-1:00pm.
  • Permission of the Sweetland Center for Writing is required to register.

Important Dates

  • Applications for Winter 2023 are due Sunday, November 6, 2022, 11:59PM EST.
  • Students will be notified by Monday, November 21, 2022.

Please send all questions to Laura Schuyler (