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Dissertation and Thesis Writing Retreat

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James Branch Cabell Library, Lecture Hall (Room 303)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


VCU Libraries invites ABD students, doctoral candidates and masters thesis writers to a winter writing retreat Jan. 7 and 8. Spacious writing space with big tables and power strips will be available 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. each day. Optional sessions will be offered on a vareity of topics. During the session times, participants can either attend the session or continue writing, and time between sessions is dedicated writing time, when all participants are encouraged to focus solely on their writing. VCU Writing Center coaches will be available for one-on-one consultations, and librarians will be available for one-on-one consultations about the research process. Coffee, tea and snacks will be served all day.

The event is free and open to all, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP to help us plan. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, or to RSVP by phone, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.


Please complete the online RSVP form.

Schedule of Sessions

Monday, Jan. 7

9–10 a.m.
Setting Writing Goals

10:30–11:30 a.m.
Advanced Word Tips for Formatting Dissertations

1–2 p.m.
Writing Tips and Writing for Your Audience

2–3 p.m.
Stress and Time Management

4–5 p.m.
Citation Management with Mendeley

Tuesday, Jan. 8

9–10 a.m.
Writing Tips and Writing for Your Audience

11 a.m.–noon
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

3–4 p.m.
Citation Management with Zotero


The Dissertation and Thesis Writing Retreat is organized in partnership with the VCU Graduate School, the VCU Writing Center and the VCU Wellness Resource Center.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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