Summer Dissertation Retreat

Dissertation Retreat

How to Apply

Nominations are forwarded to the GWC by departments. If you would like to participate in this opportunity, please contact your graduate advisor or your graduate assistant.

Dissertation Retreat

The Dissertation Retreat is aimed at students who have a significant portion of their dissertations completed and expect to file between September 2020 and June 2021. During the 5-day, 4-night retreat at the Big Bear Lake House, writers can work on drafting a new chapter or revising what they have already written. The retreat gives students copious amounts of quiet writing time. Students are placed in small groups with a non-UCR faculty mentor, allowing students to seek feedback and network. To be eligible, students must have an expected completion date of no later than June 2021, have two chapter drafts already completed, and expect to be enrolled as a full-time graduate student OR be on filing fee in a CHASS department in Fall 2020.


NOTE: Do to COVID-19 impacts, there will be no 2021 Summer Dissertation Writing Retreat. Instead, the Graduate Writing Center will host a three-day Digital Write-A-Thon to provide additional dissertation writing support.

Students who would have been nominated to the writing retreat are encouraged to instead participate in the Summer 2021 Digital Write-A-Thon. Registration will open at the end of June 2020. 

Please check back in Spring 2022 for updates regarding Summer 2022.