Writing with a Purpose


Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Bookmark and Share
Writing Retreat

This spring, a group of UNH graduate students will spend a handful of Saturdays getting down to business. The business at hand? Working on their thesis or dissertation. 

The UNH Graduate School, in conjunction with the Connors Writing Center, has implemented the Spring 2019 Dissertation/Thesis Writing Retreat, which was first held in the fall and deemed very successful with 10 students participating. The retreat is along the same lines as the Graduate School’s J-Term Writing Boot Camp and weekly writing group; it gives graduate students dedicated time, space, and resources to work in the UNH Graduate Student Space, which is located in Thompson Hall. Breakfast, coffee, tea, snacks, and lunch are provided. 

The idea for the retreat was created by Jovana Milosavljevic-Ardeljan, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education and graduate assistant at the UNH Graduate School, and Meaghan Dittrich, the director of the writing center and Ph.D. student in the English Department Composition program. 

“What makes the dissertation/thesis retreat different from our other writing programs is that it involves more instruction/guidance,” Milosavljevic-Ardeljan said. “Meaghan and I organized a lunch with participants the day before the first writing session and shared ides for organization, goal setting, and useful resources. This will be a part of each following session.”

The retreat is open to all masters and PhD students.

“The first writing Saturday was very successful and productive,” Milosavljevic-Ardeljan said.  “We’ve already had students ask us if we plan to offer the retreat every year, which we do, and we are looking forward to expanding it. There is nothing like the power of a supportive [and productive!] community when you need to produce a large piece of writing like a thesis or a dissertation. We are happy we can offer this support.”

Registration for the spring 2019 retreat is open. The dates for the retreat are: Friday, Feb. 8 (lunch and goal-setting): noon to 1:30 p.m.; Feb. 9, March 2, April 6, and May 4 (all-day writing sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

This spring, a group of UNH graduate students will spend handful of Saturdays getting down to business. The business at hand? Working on their thesis or dissertation. 

The UNH Graduate School, in conjunction with the Connors Writing Center, has implemented the Spring 2019 Dissertation/Thesis Writing Retreat, which was first held in the fall and deemed very successful with 10 students participating. The retreat is along the same lines as the Graduate School’s J-Term Writing Boot Camp and weekly writing group; it gives graduate students dedicated time, space, and resources to work in the UNH Graduate Student Space, which is located in Thompson Hall. Breakfast, coffee, tea, snacks, and lunch are provided. 

The idea for the retreat was created by Jovana Milosavljevic-Ardeljan, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Education and graduate assistant at the UNH Graduate School, and Meaghan Dittrich, the director of the writing center and Ph.D. student in the English Department Composition program. 

“What makes the dissertation/thesis retreat different from our other writing programs is that it involves more instruction/guidance,” Milosavljevic-Ardeljan said. “Meaghan and I organized a lunch with participants the day before the first writing session and shared ides for organization, goal setting, and useful resources. This will be a part of each following session.”

The retreat is open to all masters and PhD students.

“The first writing Saturday was very successful and productive,” Milosavljevic-Ardeljan said.  “We’ve already had students ask us if we plan to offer the retreat every year, which we do, and we are looking forward to expanding it. There is nothing like the power of a supportive [and productive!] community when you need to produce a large piece of writing like a thesis or a dissertation. We are happy we can offer this support.”

Registration for the spring 2019 retreat is open. The dates for the retreat are: Friday, Feb. 8 (lunch and goal-setting): noon to 1:30 p.m.; Feb. 9, March 2, April 6, and May 4 (all-day writing sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)