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Dissertation Writing Retreat

RIGS Dissertation Writing Retreat Announcement and Call for Applications June 4-8, 2018

The RIGS (Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality) Studies Initiative is hosting a pilot writing retreat for dissertation writers for one week of concentrated writing time. We encourage applications from UMN dissertation writers who are broadly engaged with and/or committed to addressing in their research some of the most pressing socio-economic issues and inequalities of our time.

Applications are due by 9AM, April 23, 2018. We will notify students of their status by April 30, 2018. Dissertation writers need to submit the following:

  1. Graduate Student Signed Application Form, which you can download and sign, and then email to
  2. Advisor and DGS Signed Form, which you can download and have your Advisor and DGS sign, and then email to
  3. Application, which consists of the following items:
    1. Dissertation Abstract: 1 single-spaced page dissertation summary
    2. Plan for Retreat: 500-word description detailing which part of your dissertation you will focus on during the retreat

Retreat Description

The writing retreat will span June 4-8, 2018. From Monday through Thursday, we will meet from 8:30am-1:30PM, and on Friday, from 12-5PM. For this week, RIGS will provide snacks, drinks, and a light lunch. We will have warm-up activities and writing prompts to facilitate writing. And, during each lunch, we will have faculty-led discussion on a particular writing topic and/or challenge.

Retreat Expectations:

  • Attend the retreat for the entire week
  • Avoid the internet or email during the hours of the retreat
  • Acutely focus on writing your dissertations with sustained writing time
  • Actively participate in writing warm-ups and facilitations
For questions, please email Sara Cronquist at
Note: The Writing Center offers an excellent Dissertation Writing Retreat in May Term 2018. RIGS encourages all students to apply to that more extensive program, which is an intensive three-week retreat with expert writing support. Although they can only accept a limited number of participants, it is a wonderful model, and this RIGS writing retreat has been inspired by that successful paradigm.