Register Now for GSAC’s Scholar’s Retreat

The Spring 2014 Scholar's Retreat – an intensive workshop for writers of dissertations and theses – begins on April 14th!

We are now accepting registration for the Spring 2014 Scholar's Retreat, which will be held the week of April 14th. If you are writing your thesis or dissertation and plan to defend in summer or the coming year, you might benefit from attending this intensive five-day workshop. We are offering three sessions this semester: (1) 9AM-Noon, (2) 6PM-9PM On Campus, and (3) 6PM-9PM Online for Distance Students.

What is Scholar’s Retreat?

The GSAC Scholar’s Retreat is designed to help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process. By offering a quiet environment and support for intensive, focused writing time, the Scholar’s Retreat provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. Our goal is to assist each participant in making significant progress toward completing his or her project.

Is this for me?

This event is directed primarily toward students in the final stages of writing their dissertations. In many disciplines, final stages could be defined as the time period after data has been collected. However, individuals working on a dissertation proposal or master’s thesis could also benefit from the structured time, space, professional writing consultation, and motivational support of the program.

The Scholar’s Retreat is limited to 15 Texas Tech University graduate students per session. An online synchronous evening session of the Scholar’s Retreat is also available for 25 distance graduate students in online degree programs.

On-site and online participants must be able to commit to writing for 3 designated hours every day, Monday-Friday, during the week of Scholar’s Retreat. If you cannot commit to write during the designated hours when we have writing consultants available, we ask that you do not register for Scholar’s Retreat this semester so that other graduate students can take advantage of the opportunity. We will have another Scholar’s Retreat in the spring semester.

Texas Tech Double T symbol with "Keep Calm and Write On" underneathWhat should I expect?

At the beginning of the Retreat, participants sign individual “contracts” indicating the goal they would like to reach by the end of the week. They then determine mini-goals to help them accomplish the larger project.

For the next five days, participants spend three hours per day writing and working on their thesis or dissertation. Writing consultants will be available throughout this time. After each day's writing session, participants will meet to chat with each other, discuss progress made toward the week's writing goals, share tips, and discuss dissertation-related experiences.  It is our hope that this peer-to-peer interaction will allow you make connections that can help you establish your own dissertation writing support group after the workshop. Materials will be provided to help guide you through the steps of setting up such a group.

Online students will be enrolled in a Blackboard non-academic Scholar’s Retreat course with resources, discussion boards, and writing consultant contacts to help support your writing and networking with other writers during and after Scholar’s Retreat.

How do I register for Scholar’s Retreat?

For the Spring 2014 semester, there will be three sessions of Scholar’s Retreat with meetings every day from April 14th through April 18th:

(1)  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, on-site graduate students, register:

(2)  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, on-site graduate students, register:

(3)  6:00 PM — 9:00 PM, online graduate students, register:

Please note that only graduate students in distance education graduate programs can enroll in the 6-9 PM online session. If you are an on-campus student and accidentally enroll in the online session, your registration will be cancelled. We will email you to let you know, and if there is still space in an on-campus session, you will have the option to register for it.

Where will it be held?

On-campus participants will meet in the newly renovated Graduate Student Center, which is in the west-wing basement of the Administration Building (Rooms 40, 41). The best way to enter is through south-west entrance to the Administration Building.

A photograph of the Administration Building with the west wing basement door circled

Distance students will be enrolled in a Blackboard non-academic course where they will meet during the evening session. Blackboard enrollment will take place April 11th, and you will receive additional instructions via email then.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email us at!



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