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Writing Boot Camps

Do you need help jumpstarting your proposal, thesis, or dissertation writing? Do you want to become a more productive writer to meet your goals and deadlines for completing your proposal, thesis, or dissertation? If so, we encourage you to apply for one of the Cornell Graduate School’s Writing Boot Camps.

Dissertation Writing Boot Camp: The Dissertation Boot Camp is designed for post-A Exam students who have an approved dissertation proposal, who have completed their dissertation research, and who are writing chapters of their dissertation.

Thesis Writing Boot Camp: The Thesis Writing Boot Camp is designed for master’s students who have an approved thesis proposal, who have completed some or all of their research, and who are writing chapters of their thesis.

Proposal Writing Boot Camp: The Proposal Writing Boot Camp is designed for students who have an approved thesis or dissertation topic and who are writing their proposal or prospectus.

Each Writing Boot Camp includes group meetings, individual coaching and writing support, and at least four hours of writing each day. Participation in Boot Camp requires submitting an application to Students who are selected to participate will be notified as soon as possible and will receive materials prior to the start of the event. Students who are selected are expected to attend all sessions of the Boot Camp.

Upcoming Writing Boot Camps and Writers Retreats

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Additional Graduate School Writing Programs

  • Grad Write Ins: Graduate Write-Ins occur Monday through Friday mornings, 8:00am to 11:00am in the Big Red Barn, so that graduate and professional students with writing goals and deadlines can write in a quiet, supportive environment. Students can be more productive and accountable while writing with a supportive community. Coffee and tea provided.
  • Productive Writer Newsletter: The Productive Writer Newsletter is free and open to all, especially graduate students writing papers, proposals, theses, and dissertations. Once you sign up, you will begin receiving biweekly messages about managing your time for greater writing productivity, reducing distractions, staying motivated, revising and editing, binge writing, communicating with your advisor, dealing with writer’s block, and managing procrastination and perfectionistic tendencies. 
  • See more of our academic writing programs