Dissertation Writers Retreat

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DWR Base Camp: Getting Started  │  August 16, 2022  │  9AM-1:30PM  │   Hybrid

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, focus on strategies for completing your dissertation and how to plan for life after its completion. The first of four Dissertation Writers Retreats being held this academic year, “Base Camp: Getting Started” will be held virtually and in-person in McWherter Library (2nd Floor Commons). Virtual attendees will receive a Zoom link after registration. Boxed lunches will be provided for in-person attendees. See the full event schedule below. Questions? Contact Carl Hess at carl.hess@memphis.edu or 901.678.8209.

REGISTER HERE by Tuesday, August 2, 2022.


Event Schedule

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

9 AM - Welcome to Base Camp
9:15 AM - Forming & Sustaining Writing Groups, Dr. Meredith Boulden (UofM Graduate)
10:15 AM - Break
10:45 AM - What Is My Dissertation? How Do I Do It?, Dr. William Duffy (English Dept.)
11:45 AM - Lunch
12:15 PM - Good Dissertation Writing Habits, Dr. Sarah Leat (School of Social Work)
1:15 PM - Closing Remarks


Look out for Dissertation Writers Retreats coming up this academic year:

  •  Fall Break: "Camp 1: Surviving the Mountain"
  •  January Interim: "The Home Stretch"
  •  Spring Break:"Looking Ahead to After the Dissertation"


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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



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

Dissertation Writers Retreat, March 2022

Dissertation Writers Retreat, January 2022

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