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Dissertation Writing Camp

The Dissertation Writing Camp provides intensive, focused writing time in a quiet and supportive environment to help you make significant progress through the difficult stages of writing your doctoral dissertation. This program is for doctoral students who are starting or have started the writing portion of their dissertation manuscript.  It is strongly recommended that your dissertation proposal has been approved by your committee before taking part in this camp. Camps are held during the Spring and Summer semesters.

The camp includes individual 30 minute faculty coaching sessions, writing support, and self-writing time for at least six hours per day.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided along with coffee and snacks.  Space is limited so if you register for the camp and do not attend you will not be allowed to attend future dissertation writing camp programs.  This program is free to current UTSA doctoral students.

Summer 2024 Camp

  • Date: June 10 – 13, 2024
  • Time:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location: JPL Assembly Room, 4.04.22 

Student Testimonials:
"The camp sparked my drive, motivation, and got my momentum going to write and get done. I also learned a lot from the library and writing center staff. It was also great to meet other doctoral candidates going through the same process.  Thanks for providing coffee, snacks, and lunch throughout each day of the camp. I appreciate the Center staff; all were very helpful and hospitable."

"My meeting with my faculty coach was time well spent. She pushed my thinking and helped clarify my thinking."

"The meeting with faculty coaches was really helpful in getting my work polished and clear."

"Overall, the camp was FANTASTIC! The Graduate Student Professional Development Center staff were incredibly AWESOME and HELPFUL!"

"When I signed up for the dissertation writing camp I had no idea what to expect. However, it was a great experience to help get me on track to finish my dissertation."

"It was a great and necessary experience for me at this time of my graduate study. I have started to like to write again, which makes me enthusiastic about communicating my research and in turn motivates me to do more organized research. The Center space is an amazing place to work and to be extremely productive."

"This was a really great experience. I am so glad I had the opportunity to participate."

"It is really great! Highly recommended!"