Writing Week for Grads

Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 10th, 2019

Writing Week at Dalhousie

For Graduate Students and Faculty

Are you finding it a challenge to start a writing project? Or finish one? Are you working on a paper for publication or perhaps you’re contemplating a chapter of your dissertation, thesis, or book? Whatever the situation, we thought that you might like a few days dedicated to writing in a supportive environment. The concept we will be using has worked well during the past 11 years here at Dalhousie. Writers have consistently reported they find the week to be an effective “push” to getting the writing completed.

How it works: Writers (students or faculty) register by email, show up each day at 9:00, go off to write, and then meet briefly at the end of the day at 4:00 to give a one-minute progress report.

Writing Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9-4 and Friday 9-12. We’ll meet daily in B400 of the Killam Library.

Space to Write: Students go off to write in their own spaces – often in their offices or common areas or even coffee shops. (Hint: The libraries and learning commons are almost empty at that time of year.) Tuesday and Thursday morning, attendees can write in B400.

Optional Sessions: We are going to use the Pomodoro Technique to manage our writing production on Tuesday and Thursday morning. These sessions will be an opportunity to try out the technique; we are considering holding weekly sessions.

Opportunity for Coaching: Appointments with Writing Centre faculty and advisors are available during the week.This is NOT a week of instruction in writing (e.g., grammar and punctuation), though. No formal teaching sessions are planned.

Register by writing to Janice MacDonald Eddington at janice.eddington@dal.ca as soon as possible.