Post-Coursework Events Post-Coursework Events



The CWR offers weekend dissertation boot camps and writing retreats throughout the year, as well as one annual weeklong boot camp during the summer.

What is Dissertation Bootcamp?

Dissertation Bootcamp is a writing retreat for graduate students who must balance their dissertation writing with the demands and responsibilities of home and work. Bootcamp 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 when it is in-person. Dissertation Bootcamp is also run online when necessary.

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

Dates for Summer & Fall 2020 Weekend Dissertation Boot Camps (all presently online)

  • August 8 & 9

  • September 12 & 13

  • October 10 & 11

  • November 7 & 8

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. Once it is open, 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.

Writing Retreats

Mark your calendars! We are excited to offer additional opportunities for you to write with us! This year, we will be offering writing retreats--a single day writing session--for all students. These retreat days will follow the same schedule as Dissertation Bootcamp days (8:30am to 4:30pm).

Dates for Summer & Fall 2020 Writing Retreats (all presently online)

  • July 25
  • August 22
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • December 5

Registration opens two weeks prior to each session.


Summer Dissertation Bootcamp

July 13th - 17th

How is it different from the weekend boot camp?
Along with meeting for five days, 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, 30 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.eduwith 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 $50 will be charged to your student account.

Writing Groups Writing Groups


The CGU Center for Writing & Rhetoric facilitates the creation of Writing Groups in addition to our Dissertation Bootcamp and M.A Thesis/Post-Coursework Writing Retreats. These groups meet according to the availability of their members, and are often organized around availability rather than discipline or degree. Groups often meet weekly, biweekly, or monthly and are either "sit down and write groups", peer review groups, or a combination of both.


If you are interested in signing up for one, please fill out this form and email it to us at

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Office Phone: (909) 607-0012


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

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