Dissertation Retreat

Dissertation retreats are multiple-day, focused writing events to help you make significant progress toward completion of major projects. The Graduate School co-sponsors dissertation retreats with the Center for Excellence in Writing.

When are the retreats scheduled?

A minimum of four dissertation retreats are held each year, during each of the following times:

  • Fall semester during finals week.
  • Spring semester, the week before classes begin.
  • Spring break.
  • Summer (multiple retreats or extended retreats).

Upcoming Retreats

  • Jan. 21-24, 2020
  • March 16-20, 2020
  • May 25-29, 2020
  • July 6-10, 2020
Want to participate?

Email writing@buffalo.edu for more information or to register for a retreat.

Who can participate?

Graduate students in any discipline are eligible to participate. While priority registration is given to dissertation writers, those writing a master's thesis can be accepted if space available. You must be able to attend all days of the retreat. Space is limited so be sure to apply early.

Why participate?

While retreats are not instructional workshops, they do provide the following:

  • An intensive writing environment.
  • A quiet, comfortable writing space.
  • Writing strategies from writing consultants.
  • Peer motivation and support.
  • A structured writing schedule.
  • Light refreshments.