Dissertation Songwriting Workshops

In each workshop students will learn:

  • How to create a sound structured approach to completing their dissertation, thesis or other important graduate school milestones.
  • How to manage the various phases of doing a dissertation or thesis including selecting a topic, writing a proposal, and carrying out the actual study.
  • The importance of maintaining a positive mindset about graduate work and strategies to develop a more positive mindset.
  • The real sources of procrastination and strategies to overcome procrastination.
  • Strategies to overcome perfectionism.
  • Strategies to increase motivation, learning, and productivity.
  • Strategies to work effectively with chairpersons and committee members.
  • Strategies to increase accountability.
  • Strategies to make self-care and down time an important part of life as a graduate student.

We are able to design dissertation workshop to meet the needs of different doctoral programs. Our Workshops are led by Alison Miller, PhD and members of The Dissertation Coach team.

Doctoral students in any discipline and in the advanced stages of dissertation writing are eligible to apply to summer intensive dissertation-writing workshops held at the Berlin, London, Paris and Washington, D.C. institutes. Each site will be able to host an average of six doctoral students for a period of six weeks. Students from all fields and disciplines are welcome to apply to these workshops. The deadline for applications is Friday, February 9, 2018.

The workshops will be held from Monday, June 11 to Friday, July 20, 2018.

Please note that no applications will be considered before January 2018. Only students at an advanced stage in their dissertation writing will be eligible for these workshops. We strongly recommend that students submit an application once they have completed two or more chapters and plan to defend in the following fall or early spring semester.

Participants in the summer dissertation workshop will have travel and dormitory housing provided.  A flat rate per diem subsidy, set at $50 per day, will also be provided to defray other costs. On-site participants will share office space and have modest administrative support during the course of the program. Participants in the dissertation workshops will be required to commit to work intensively and exclusively on the writing of their dissertations. They are also required to be in full-time residence without the interruption of family or friends. 

A faculty advisor will be on-site to provide general advice (and moral support). The structure of each workshop will be determined by the needs of the group. Students can expect to participate in weekly workshop-style discussions led by the advisor, as well as, one-on-one meetings, at least once a week. Students are expected to be in the final write-up stages and thus not need any topic-specific research support.

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