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February 26, 2015

Writing Center, Graduate School announce inaugural Dissertation Writing Retreat for May 2015 intersession

Submitted by Karin Westman

The Writing Center is hosting its first Dissertation Writing Retreat during the May 2015 intersession. Scheduled to run May 18-22, the retreat is sponsored by the English department, the Graduate School, K-State Libraries, Office of the President and Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President.

The purpose of the retreat is twofold. First, it will give doctoral candidates time and space to write in a supportive atmosphere among other writers who are pursuing similar goals. Second, it will promote effective writing practices, which include talking about one's work with others and writing daily for a solid amount of time.

Participants should expect to write for five hours each day of the retreat and to reflect on their goals and progress with their peers. They also will meet in brief daily conferences with Writing Center staff, who will offer feedback and encouragement. With support from its sponsors, the retreat will provide coffee, breakfast snacks and lunch so that participants can concentrate on writing.


Certain requirements must be met in order to participate:
• Participants must commit to being present for the entirety of the retreat.
• The doctoral candidate's major professor or co-major professor must consent to the student's participation in the retreat, by completing an Advisor Consent Form.
• Participants must have been admitted to candidacy.
• Participants must have had their proposal approved by their supervisory committee by the time of the application.
• All data collection must be finished by the time of the retreat, so that participants are able to concentrate on writing.
• Upon acceptance, participants must pay a nominal $25 retreat fee, which must be received by the Graduate School by noon Monday, April 20.


A committee appointed by the Graduate School will select 15 individuals to participate in the retreat. The committee will aim to represent all of K-State's academic units and a broad set of disciplines. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than April 15, and their $25 payment will be due to Megan Miller in the Graduate School, 103 Fairchild Hall, by noon Monday, April 20. Applicants who fail to submit payment by this date will be notified of their withdrawal from the retreat, and the committee will then offer that spot to an individual on the waiting list.

View the anticipated retreat schedule and access application materials.

If you have questions about the format and expectations for the retreat, please contact Cydney Alexis at calexis@k-state.edu.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact Megan Miller at mmmiller@k-state.edu or 785-532-6191.

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