Dissertation Boot Camps

  • Fall Break:  November 2-6, 2015
  • Intersession Break: January 25-29, 2016
  • Spring Break:  March 14-18, 2016
  • Summer:  June 6-17, 2016

Registration opens approximately one month in advance.

What Dissertation Boot Camp Alums say about the experience

“I had a great experience all week. I reveled in the quiet niche I had, while enjoying the company of the other grad students (which I thought would be stressful, but totally wasn’t). Debriefing group was really refreshing."

What was useful about Boot Camp? "Having a quiet, clean, well-lit, air-conditioned work space I can leave my stuff in overnight—with plenty of table space, pleasant company, and easy access to snacks. Dissertation Boot Camp is a blatant misnomer; Dissertation Day Spa would be more appropriate. Really though, the biggest of all these elements would be the structure: having to be there at a certain time in the morning, for a certain time…"

Dissertation Boot Camp Schedule 

Participants commit to attend all sessions.

Monday Tuesday-Thursday Friday

9-10:15 a.m. 
Opening Workshop: Operation Finished Dissertation

10:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Writing

1-1:20 p.m.
Group Debrief

2-5 p.m.
Writing (Optional)

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Writing

1-1:20 p.m.
Group Debrief

2-5 p.m.
Writing (Optional)

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Writing

1-2 p.m.
Lunch & Closing Workshop: Maintaining Your Momentum

Support and Materiel for Boot Campers

  • Quiet space to write at the Writing Program, Whitman College
  • A place to leave books and other materials
  • A community of writers
  • Healthy snacks balanced with plenty of caffeine
  • Office supplies

Dissertation Boot Camp has limited enrollment. A motivational deposit of $50 is required, and is returned at the closing workshop to those participants who attend every session.

A joint initiative of the Princeton Writing Program and the Graduate School