Dissertation Writers Retreat



Virtual DWR Event: January, 10-15, 2022

DWR events are for UofM students who are currently past their comprehensive exam stage and are working on their dissertation prospectus or final document. These free events, sponsored by the University Libraries, the Graduate School and the Center for Writing & Communication, focus on strategies for completing your dissertation and how to plan for life after its completion. The next event will be virtual and will be held January 10-15, 2022. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday will include workshops and presentations. Monday and Friday will be devoted to writing. CWC consultants & librarians will be available to assist with any writing questions or research assistance. Virtual attendees will be provided with Zoom links. Questions? Contact Michael Harris at mwhrris2@memphis.edu.

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Event Schedule

Tuesday, January 11

8:30AM - Check-In Morning Session: Putting Yourself (and Health) First

9:15AM - Writing Session

Noon - Lunch

12:30PM - Presentation: A Mindful Approach to Dissertation Stress, Cece Olin & Adora Choquette (Psychological Services Center)

1:30PM - Writing Session

Wednesday, January 12

8:30AM - Check-In Morning Session: Your Worst Critic

9:15AM - Writing Session

Noon - Lunch

12:30PM - Presentation: Taking the ‘Pain’ Out of Painstaking Attention: Editing and Proofreading Your Dissertation, Lisa Sikkink (University Libraries)

1:30PM - Writing Session

Thursday, January 13

8:30AM - Check-In Morning Session: Preparing for the Final Boss

9:15AM - Writing Session

Noon - Lunch

12:30PM - Presentation: Preparing to Defend, Jonathan Bridenbaker (CWC), Dr. William Duffy (English), Dr. Stephanie Ivey (Engineering) & Dr. Stephen Zanskas (Education)

1:30PM - Writing Session


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DWR Writing Sprints - Virtual Events

Are you a UofM student working on your dissertation? Need a dissertation writing buddy? Or company to help motivate you to get those last few lines of your chapter done? Join one of our DWR Writing Sprints! Pop into our Zoom meetings, join a small writing group break out room, or just tune into our Twitch stream with some smooth beats. To join an event, visit memphis.edu/libraries/dwr/writingsprint.php.

Writing Sprint Dates

September 10, 1-4PM
September 16, 6-9PM
October 8, 1-4PM
October 21, 6-9PM
November 12, 1-4PM - This event has been cancelled
November 18, 6-9PM - This event has been cancelled
December 9, 6-9PM - This event has been cancelled


DWR Resources

Missed a DWR event? Want to revisit past talks? Check out our Playlist of DWR Videos & Previous Speakers.

Looking for dissertation tips & resources? Check out our Dissertation Writers Resources Guide.


Past Events

DWR: Base Camp, October 2021

DWR Sprint Events, March 2021

Dissertation Writers Retreat - Virtual, January 2021

Dissertation Writers Retreat, March 2020

Dissertation Writers Retreat, January 2020