Dissertation Writers Retreat

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DWR Camp 3: The Home Stretch  │  January 10-11, 2023  │  9 AM-4 PM  │   McWherter Library 2nd Floor & via Zoom

DWR events are for UofM students who are working on completing their dissertation. These free events, sponsored by the University Libraries, focus on strategies for doing your research, completing your dissertation, and submitting your paperwork. The 3nd of four Dissertation Writers Retreats being held this academic year, “Camp 3: The Home Stretch” 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. Private, quiet study space will be reserved in McWherter Library to help in-person attendees devote time to writing. See the event schedule below. Questions? Contact April Hobbs at april.hobbs@memphis.edu or 901.678.8206. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you anticipate any barriers to your participation and would like to request an accommodation, please contact Carl Hess at carl.hess@memphis.edu or via telephone at (901) 678-8209. Nevertheless, we will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Register here by December 9 (in-person) or December 19 (virtual) >


Event Schedule

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

9 AM - Welcome Session

9:15 AM - Presentation: Graduation Paperwork

10:15 AM - Writing Block

12 PM - Lunch

1 PM - Presentation: Preparing for a Defense Roundtable

2 PM - Writing Block

3 PM - Presentation: Editing/Formatting Your Document


Wednesday, January 11, 2023

9 AM - Welcome Session

9:15 AM - Breakout Sessions: Literature Review Research Strategies – HumanitiesLiterature Review Research Strategies – STEM

10:15 AM - Writing Block

12 PM - Lunch

1 PM - Breakout Sessions: Literature Review Research Strategies – Health SciencesLiterature Review Research Strategies – Education and Social Sciences            

2 PM - Writing Block

3:30 PM - Ending Session 


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

  •  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

DWR Base Camp: Getting Started, August 2022

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