Writing activities

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Remove distractions, make progress

Writing a thesis can be a monumental task. Writing activities offered by the Office of the Vice-Provost are the perfect opportunity to dedicate time to writing your thesis without distractions and make progress.

Breaking the isolation

Wonderful experience that I wish I did earlier. I found that the summer was a difficult period for me to write in and I felt very isolated. It would have been a great time to have a workshop like this if there was one available.”

Student
Faculty of Health Sciences

Motivation boost

“This is something I now look forward to almost every week. The feeling of being around others who are in a similar phase as I am with their thesis, along with their own motivation and desire to finish, is infectious and gives me a ‘motivation boost’ every time.”

Student
Faculty of Social Science

Race to the finish

“I did find the event very positive. The ability to take part in a structured and committed writing experience allowed me make excellent strides in completing my thesis writing.”

Student
Faculty of Science

Fulfilling my potential

“The boot camp helped me to see my writing potential… I hope that our group can continue writing together through the support of the University.”

Student
Faculty of Arts

Grad Writing Café

It is well known that writing regularly with peer support increases motivation and productivity. If you would like to write more and get closer to achieving your goals, join us! All graduate students are welcome.

Language

Bilingual

Date

Every Friday during the academic year, including the summer (with a few exceptions)

Duration

Full day (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from September 7 to December 14, 2018, and from January 11 to April 26, 2019.

You can choose to participate only in the morning or in the afternoon, but it’s ideal if you can be there for the full day.

Frequency

Every week (with a few exceptions)

Location

Hagen Hall, Room 105

Cost

Free

Registration

There is no need to register.

Additional information

  • Bring your laptop and power cord.
  • Bring your mug! A coffee maker and kettle are available.

4-Day Dissertation Boot Camp

Are you a PhD student currently writing your dissertation? Do you need a supportive and distraction-free environment to write? Join a community of other thesis writers and see your progress!

Language

Bilingual

Date

Three times a year (February, June and December)

Duration

Four days (from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Frequency

Three times a year

Location

Hagen Hall, Room 105

Cost

Free

Registration

By invitation only. Eligible students receive an invitation by email and then must apply (spaces are limited).

Additional information

Only students in the writing phase of their doctoral program are eligible.

Thèsez-Vous? writing retreat

Thèsez-vous? is a writing retreat for students completing a research-based master’s or doctorate. The retreat provides graduate students with over 20 hours of writing, activity-filled workshops to clear your mind and the opportunity to talk with others facing the same challenges as you.

Language

French. If you are English speaking, you are more than welcome to attend.

Date

Fall and winter

Duration

Three days

Frequency

Twice a month

Location

Station de Biologie des Laurentides, Manoir d’Youville (Montérégie) and various other locations

Cost

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, has collaborated with Thèsez-vous?  to offer 14 $200 scholarships  to cover the bulk of the registration fee.

Registration

Registration required

Additional information

As spaces are very limited, scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. 

Dissertation Boot Camp: The Lake Shift

The Lake Shift is a thesis writing retreat for doctoral students from Ontario universities. The retreat provides graduate students with structured writing time, workshops on effective dissertation writing and opportunities to network with other graduate students, all in a beautiful location.

Language

English. If you are French speaking, you are more than welcome to attend.

Date

Every summer, in July

Duration

Five days

Frequency

Once a year

Location

Queen’s Biology Station on Lake Opinicon (about a 50-minute drive north of Kingston)

Cost

The Office of the Vice-Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, has collaborated with The Lake Shift to offer six $450 scholarships to cover the bulk of the registration fee.

Registration

By invitation only. Eligible students receive an invitation by email and then must apply (spaces are limited).

Additional information

Only students in the writing phase of their doctoral program are eligible.

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