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Dissertation and Pre-Proposal Writing Groups

Dissertation Writing Group

Pre-Proposal Writing Group

Session Dates and Registration

Dissertation Writing Group

Facilitated by Peers

Is your dissertation getting you down? Can’t quite get started? Or can’t quite finish? Are you raring to go, but would like some feedback along the way?

Join an exclusive GSA ESPO members-only peer-led dissertation writing group for a supportive environment in which to exchange critical feedback, push past procrastination, and stay accountable to your goals. This is a member benefit offered at no cost to GSA ESPO members.

Each small group (3 to 6 members) will meet virtually every other week for 1 to 1.5 hours (based on the number of participants in the group). 12-week-long commitment requested. Daytime and evening groups available.

Here are some things you will do as part of the group:

  • Create a writing schedule with measurable goals.
  • Report on goals each session to stay accountable.
  • Provide your writing for review and contribute feedback on group members’ writing.
  • Support each other through the sharing of resources and ideas.
  • Troubleshoot challenges.

Eligibility:

  • You must maintain valid ESPO membership throughout the semester-long writing group.
  • You can be anywhere in your dissertation process through your defense, but you must at least be at the dissertation writing stage (if you are in the process of writing your dissertation proposal you could join the Pre-Proposal Writing Group - see below). 
  • Meetings and writing samples must be in English.
  • You should commit to participate in the group for the full 12-week term.
  • You must agree to and sign a statement to ensure confidentiality of other group members’ work/ideas.

Pre-Proposal Writing Group

Facilitated by Peers

Is your dissertation proposal getting you down? Can’t quite get started? Or can’t quite finish? Are you raring to go, but would like some feedback along the way?

Join an exclusive GSA ESPO members-only peer-led pre-proposal writing group for a supportive environment in which to exchange critical feedback, push past procrastination, and stay accountable to your goals. This is a member benefit offered at no cost to GSA ESPO members.

Each small group (3 to 6 members) will meet virtually every other week for 1 to 1.5 hours (based on the number of participants in the group). 12-week-long commitment requested. Daytime and evening groups available.

Here are some things you will do as part of the group:

  • Create a writing schedule with measurable goals.
  • Report on goals each session to stay accountable.
  • Provide your writing for review and contribute feedback on group members’ writing.
  • Support each other through the sharing of resources and ideas.
  • Troubleshoot challenges.

Eligibility:

  • You must maintain valid ESPO membership throughout the semester-long writing group.
  • You can be anywhere in your dissertation process but you must at least be at the pre-proposal writing stage (if you seek for support in writing your dissertation you could join the Dissertation Writing Group – see above).
  • Meetings and writing samples must be in English.
  • You should commit to participate in the group for the full 12-week term.
  • You must agree to and sign a statement to ensure confidentiality of other group members’ work/ideas.

2021 Session Dates for the Dissertation Writing Group and Pre-Proposal Writing Group

  • Winter 2021 Session: Week of January 18 to April 17, 2021. Registration is closed.
  • Summer 2021 Session: Week of May 24 to August 21, 2021. Registration is closed.
  • Fall 2021 Session: Week of September 13 to December 11, 2021. Registration is open till August 30, 2021.

Current participants can continue in their group for subsequent sessions.

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