WTS Dissertation Groups will change your dissertation game! They are solidarity writing groups that meet weekly to discuss writing challenges, encourage peer success, and develop new strategies for the various stages and types of writing that a dissertation requires! Each session begins with a 1 hour discussion of various writing topics, a writing activity, and then participants set concrete writing goals for the next 2 hours. Those last 2 hours are dedicated to sustained and focused work on the dissertation. It it YOUR time to work on YOUR dissertation. Please be aware that our groups serve this dual purpose of support and space: we are a heuristic resource for graduate students, and we offer the space and time to focus on the dissertation project. If you are seeking a therapy group, CAPS now offers an alternative dissertation writing group that you might be interested in; conversely, if you are looking for 3 hours of silent writing time, be aware that we do ask our participants to support one another in collegial conversation about readings and about their writing progress that week for the first hour, and we will not be able to offer more than 2 hours of writing time most weeks. During the final weeks of the semester, we do have several "writing intensive" weeks in which the writing time can stretch to 2.5-2.75 hours, but the standard is 2. Our members typically report that the exchange of conversation with writers from different departments, programs, and stages enriches their strategy toolkit, and that dedicating time, at least once a week, to the dissertation propels their projects forward. If you feel this structure would benefit you, we warmly welcome you to apply!
Eligibility:+Writers from all departments at IUB who are writing a final thesis or dissertation for their doctorate are welcome to apply.+Priority will be given to writers who are past the proposal stage. +Participation in the WTS Dissertation Groups program is limited to 3 semesters (not including this past summer's 2019 special sessions). The attendance record of past Dissertation Group participants will be taken into account when considering applications in future semesters.