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Thesis Writing Boot Camp

Have you completed your research and are now writing chapters of your thesis? Want an environment where you can write distraction-free and make significant progress? Thesis Writing Boot Camp is for you!

Over three consecutive days, the Thesis Writing Boot Camp will give you a productive, distraction-free work environment and space to make significant progress with your writing. We will also provide you with the opportunity for at least one individual session with a Writing Specialist, which will help you develop the strategies to become a more skillful writer. There will also be short input sessions that will equip you with techniques to help motivate you to continue with your writing.

The boot camp is strictly limited to 20 participants.

All PhD students who participate in Thesis Writing Boot Camp will be entered into a draw for an all-expenses-paid trip to a five-day thesis writing retreat offered by Queen’s University. Two UOIT PhD students will participate in the Lake Shift writing retreat, along with doctoral candidates from across Ontario. Not to worry master's students, we will have some great prizes on hand for you too!

Tuesday, May 9 to Thursday, May 11, 2017
Campus Ice Centre meeting room

Tuesday, May 9 Wednesday, May 10 Thursday, May 11
9 a.m.

Welcome and introductions



Tips from Dr. Brad Easton


Tips from a grad student

Noon Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:45 p.m. Writing Writing Writing
2:15 p.m. Wellness break Wellness break Wellness break
2:30 p.m. Writing Writing Writing
4 p.m. Closing activity Closing activity Closing activity
  • Wellness breaks: Facilitated by mindfulness and wellness experts on campus.
  • Lunch is provided, as well as beverages and snacks throughout the day.

Tuesday, May 9 to Thursday, May 11, 2017
Campus Ice Centre meeting room

We have reached capacity for Thesis Writing Boot Camp but we still encourage you to register as we are maintaining a wait list.

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There is no charge for this event; however, a non-attendance fee of $50 will apply if you register but do not attend.

  1. Talk to your supervisor; he or she can help you decide if you are ready to take this opportunity to focus on your writing. 
  2. Identify the section(s) on which you will focus.
  3. Collect and organize in advance all the materials (e.g., notes, drafts, data, charts) that you will need over the three days. 
  4. Think about the areas in which you would like specific help during your 1:1 session with a Writing Specialist.
  5. Check if your schedule allows you to be available throughout the three days. A Supervisor’s Consent Form will be required in order to complete your registration.

Please note: The boot camp is for writing, not for further reading or research. You will be expected to commit to each of the three days, to be punctual and to reserve Internet use and texting for lunch breaks. We want you to make serious progress with your writing!

If you have any questions about Thesis Writing Boot Camp, please contact