UWC Summer Workshop Series: Writing the Dissertation 

Wednesdays in June & July 2021

This workshop series is intended to help graduate students become familiar with the general conventions, rhetorical moves, and expectations of the dissertation. The workshops are not specific to any one field, and instead, will address common challenges and strategies for writing success across disciplines. We will also discuss and practice ways to develop good writing habits, including but not limited to setting goals, scheduling writing time, and experimenting with tools for sustained productivity.

This workshop series will be most useful to ABD graduate students near or at the beginning of the dissertation-writing process, and we encourage those writers to attend all sessions. Writers at other stages are welcome to join any or all meetings. All writers may find it helpful to join a UWC summer writing group to complement the workshops with regular, protected time to write.

Each session will include a presentation and time for discussion and resource-sharing. Many sessions will include a writing activity and guided reflection. All sessions will be on Zoom, and registration is required. Presentations may be recorded and posted to the UWC Graduate Services YouTube channel.

Workshop schedule (may be subject to change):

To register for all eight sessions, click here.

To register for an individual session, click on the title below.

The meeting Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants 30 minutes before the start of the session.

June 9, 1-3pm: Systemic Challenges & Some Solutions

June 16, 1-3pm: Developing Professional Writing Habits & Tips for Time Management

June 23, 1-3pm: The Dissertation Genre 

June 30, 1-3pm: Refining Your Research Question 

July 7, 1-3pm: Reading Sample Introductions 

July 14, 1-3pm: Abstracts & Elevator Stories

July 21, 1-3pm: How to Email Busy Supervisors 

July 28, 1-3pm: Research Management 

Please note

The UWC encourages all graduate student writers to seek out guidelines, sample materials, and mentorship from their departmental faculty and program advisors. This workshop series is not intended to serve in lieu of or replace that support.

For more information about the University Writing Center Graduate Services, please visit us at If you have any questions about the workshop series, email