Dissertation Boot Camps Dissertation Boot Camps


The CWR offers weekend dissertation boot camps throughout the year, as well as one annual week-long boot camp during the summer.

Dates for Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

Septemeber 14-15
October 12-13
November 9-10
December 14-15
January 11-12
February 8-9
March 14-15
April 11-12
May 2-3
June 13-14

What is Dissertation Boot Camp?

Dissertation Boot Camp is a writing retreat for graduate students who must balance their dissertation writing with the demands and responsibilities of home and work. Boot Camp offers students a quiet space to write without distractions or interruptions. The CWR provides a light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and individual spaces for focused writing.

Boot Camp develops writers' ability to set effective goals and to track their own writing processes. In addition to providing a dedicated space for a weekend of writing, Boot Camp helps students find sustainable writing habits that move their work forward. In addition, we become a community of writers committed to completing our dissertations on schedule, supporting and cheering each other on, and sharing strategies and experiences to help each other navigate the dissertation process with our sanity intact!

Dissertation Boot Camps are open to students who are ABD (have been advanced to candidacy). Students in the dissertation proposal stage and students working on Master's theses can apply, but preference will be given to ABD students.

Weekend Dissertation Boot Camps

When is it?
The second weekend of the month, Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Where is it?
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric, 141 East 12th Street.

Can I come?
Current CGU students who are ABD are eligible to attend the weekend boot camps. Space is limited and application review is generally first-come, first served — but we do consider other factors to ensure that as many students as possible can participate. Proposal and Master's thesis students will be considered after all ABD students' applications have been reviewed.

How do I sign up?
Boot Camp registration typically opens on the Monday two weeks before that month's camp. An announcement is also sent out to all CGU students. Once you have received the announcement, complete the form here to apply for a space.

How do I know if I've been accepted to attend?
We normally notify all applicants of their status via email on the Monday prior to the weekend camp. If we are unable to accept you, we can place you on a waiting list, and will notify you of any spaces that become available by the Thursday before camp.

Please note: If you do not attend all of the boot camp, including writing sessions and lunches, a $50 charge will be applied to your student account.

Week-Long Summer Dissertation Boot Camp: July 6-12, 2019

How is it different from the weekend boot camp?
Along with meeting for a whole week, rather than a weekend, Summer Dissertation Boot Camp participants benefit from a number of other features, including guest faculty and peer speakers addressing issues such as the writing process and staying motivated, as well as group discussions, over 35 hours of quiet writing time and a reward for your effort.

Can I come?
Like the weekend Boot Camp, there is an application process for the week-long Boot Camp, but it requires submission of a detailed work plan and confirmation from your advisor that you have discussed your plan with them. Only current CGU students who are ABD may apply. Proposal and Master's thesis students are not eligible for this camp.

How do I apply?

  1. Eligible students must submit an application which includes a brief statement on how you hope to benefit from the Boot Camp and a detailed Writing Plan for the week.
  2. You should discuss your proposed writing goals with your dissertation advisor.
  3. Your advisor must email the CWR (write@cgu.edu) with a copy of your writing plan to confirm that s/he has discussed it with you. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive confirmation from your advisor.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are accepted to the week-long Boot Camp and you fail to attend any part of it, a fee of $100 will be charged to your student account.

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Make an Appointment

Dissertation Boot Camp Registration

Writing Group Sign-Up

Webinar Schedule

Writing Handouts

Location: 141 E. 12th St. (gray house)

Office Phone: (909) 607-0012

Email: write@cgu.edu

Mailing Address: 150 E. 10th St., Claremont, CA 91711


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