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Hume's Dissertation Boot Camp

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What is it?

The Dissertation Boot Camp is a free program that gives graduate students a chance to make serious progress on a dissertation, master’s thesis, or other graduate writing project. Students show up, ready to write; the Hume Center provide snacks, supplies, and a highly productive work environment.

With the exception of two "one week-long" camps we will run this summer, all camps provide students with a total of 10 writing days. "The Classic" Boot Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the "After Dark" and "Before Dawn" Boot Camps are designed for graduate students who have classes or other obligations during the day and want to write in the evening or early morning. "After Dark" Boot Camps run from 5 to 9 p.m. "Before Dawn" Camps run from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. We are happy to note that based on feedback from previous Dissertation Boot Campers, we are also offering a few sessions that begin at 1 and 2 p.m. Please review all dates below.

Why does it work?

Dissertation Boot Camp helps students learn to write more productively, and often to produce better writing, by providing four critical elements: 1) space with minimal distractions; 2) writing regimen/routine; 3) peer motivation and support; and 4) expert writing consultants. While the program focuses on helping students improve writing productivity, we also hope that students will take away with them writing habits and strategies that will aid them in writing projects in the future. To learn more about what to expect in a Dissertation Boot Camp, and for information about our policies, please download our Boot Camp handout.


Registration begins: January 3 at 10 a.m.
Camp Dates: January 18 – January 28 (weekdays)
Camp Times: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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