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Dissertation Writing Workshop

This weeklong workshop will be open to the first 30 qualified doctoral students to register. To qualify, students should have at least a portion of their data collected, have begun or are ready to begin writing their dissertation and be planning to graduate in the Summer or Fall of 2019. Students will receive instruction in several different dissertation writing topics, have a supportive writing environment to work on their dissertation with snacks and lunches provided, and are required to participate in an accountability writing group to facilitate the success of their dissertation writing across the Fall semester. The student who completes all requirements are eligible for a $500 award. Registration is now open and closes by December 14th, 2018.


  • The writing accountability groups will continue to meet biweekly (i.e., eight times) throughout the Fall semester to facilitate progress on students' dissertations.
  • Participants are required to attend all five of the all-day workshop sessions and all of the accountability sessions to be eligible for a $500 participation award. (Please note that this award is considered income and can potentially impact the amount of financial aid for which you qualify.) Participants failing to attend all of the all-day workshops and all of the accountability sessions will be charged a $100 non-participation fee to their bursar account.
  • Students who applied for the workshop require their advisor’s confirmation that they are ready to initiate writing of their dissertation.
  • Enrollment in a minimum of 2 credit hours of 6000 is required in the Fall 2018 semester.

The Dissertation Writing Workshop carries Level 3 OSU Graduate Digital Badge credit in communications competency.

Typical daily schedule for the week:

8:30-10:15 Dissertation Writing Time with Accountability Group & Facilitator
Mid-morning Snack Break & Writing Tip
10:30-12:00 Dissertation Writing Time with Accountability Group & Facilitator
Noon Lunch
1:00-2:00 Writer’s Toolbox Topic Presentations
2:00-3:30 Dissertation Writing Time with Accountability Group & Facilitator
Mid-afternoon Snack Break & Writing Tip
3:45-4:30 Dissertation Writing Time with Accountability Group & Facilitator


The initial Monday morning meeting will cover how the workshop will work and organizing your writing effort. The daily schedule will consist of four 1 to 1 ½ hour sessions for students to work on their dissertations in accountability groups with other students and a writing facilitator. There will be a midmorning and midafternoon snack break with short writing tips. Lunch will be provided. The afternoon sessions will start with the Writer’s Toolbox topic presentations will then mirror the morning sessions with time to write as well as snack breaks and writing tips.

Accommodations are available on a limited basis for students residing 50 miles or more from campus. Priority will be given to those students commuting the furthest distance on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please contact Dr. Carol Powers at as soon as possible to check on availability of space.

Dates & Times:

8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday, January 7, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Tuesday, 
January 8, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Thursday, January 10, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Friday, January 11, 2019

Location:  The workshop will be in the new Graduate Student Commons, 009 General Academic Building (GAB, the old business building).

Students who register for the workshop and decide not to attend without notifying the Graduate College ( at least by December 21st, 2018, will have a $100 no-show fee charged to their Bursar account.