Dissertation Retreat

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Dissertation retreats are multiple-day, focused writing events to help you make significant progress toward completion of major projects. 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.

When are the retreats scheduled?

A minimum of four dissertation retreats are held each year: fall semester finals week; spring semester the week before classes begin; spring break; and summer (where several may occur).

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, summer 2020 dissertation retreats will be held virtually.

While retreats are tentatively scheduled from 9 a.m.– 1 p.m., afternoon sessions may be scheduled to accommodate homeschooling parents or those who prefer to write later in the day.

Upcoming Retreats

There are currently no scheduled retreats. Check back soon for future dates.
 
Email writing@buffalo.edu for more information or to register for a retreat.

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.

The Graduate School co-sponsors dissertation retreats with the Center for Excellence in Writing.