All events offered through the Center for Writing & Rhetoric are free and open to students, alumni, staff, and faculty. In addition to the events and webinars below, we often facilitate others as part of the First-Year Experience Program, New Student Orientation, ReOrientation, and the Big Pitch Competition, amongst others. We also work on a series of collaborative events with groups at CGU and across the Claremont Colleges.
**Beginning in Spring 2022, registration for all events is open all semester long. The 2-week open period before each event is no longer being utilized. Sign-up for all the events that you would like to attend over the semester at one time, and we will reach out with reminders in the weeks leading up to the event.
CWR Writing & Work Events
Weekend Dissertation Bootcamps
What are dissertation bootcamps?
Our weekend dissertation bootcamps are two days of structured writing blocks and breaks (using an adapted version of the Pomodoro method) with a working lunch that features a group conversation on the dissertation process. The days also begin with a goal-setting activity and end with a reflection. The main goals of bootcamps are to provide community space, increase productivity, and develop sustainable habits that participants can utilize after the event. With the end of coursework, many graduate students report a loss of peer engagement and structured academic work time, two things that have been shown to increase the rate at which students finish doctoral degrees and the time in which they do it. Dissertation bootcamps fill this gap by providing both along with practices to help approach and complete long writing projects.
Participants will learn how to break down their long projects into chunks to stay productive even with the other demands of life. They will also have the opportunity to hear about strategies that have worked for other dissertators as well as meet with the writing consultant facilitator to briefly discuss anything about their dissertation, proposal, or thesis. There have been countless success stories over the years of graduate students regularly attending bootcamps as one of the essential ways they consistently made progress of their final degree milestone.
Dates for online Weekend Dissertation Bootcamps
* All Bootcamps will be held from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
*Each Dissertation Bootcamp features an optional workshop session for participants to develop various aspects of their writing process.
Can I come?
Current CGU students who are ABD, working on a dissertation proposal, or working on a Master’s thesis are eligible to attend the weekend boot camps. Space is limited and application review is generally first-come, first-served — but we do consider other factors to ensure that as many students as possible can participate. Proposal and Master’s thesis students are considered after all ABD students’ applications have been reviewed.
How do I know if i’ve been accepted to attend?
We normally notify all applicants of their status via email during the week prior to the weekend camp. If we are unable to accept you, we can place you on a waiting list and will notify you of any spaces that become available as soon as possible.
Mark your calendars! We are excited to offer additional opportunities for you to write or work with us! Productivity Saturdays –a single day writing session– has replaced our 1-day writing retreats and is similarly open to students at any stage to work on any type of school-related project. Spend the day with peers reading, notetaking, outlining, drafting, preparing a presentation, revising, or doing any other class or milestone work. These write-in dates will be facilitated by a CWR consultant and offer accountability, guided work blocks, and 15 minute one-on-one breakout sessions.
Dates for HYBRID Productivity Saturday
- August 13
- September 24
- October 22
- November 26
* All Productivity Saturdays will be held from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Are you looking to join a community of scholars working on their projects in order to get motivated to complete your own goals? Students writing, reading, or studying in the coursework, qualifying exams, or thesis/dissertation phases are encouraged to join our CWR consultant-facilitated working hours. These sessions offer accountability and guided work blocks with a facilitated discussion about different aspects of writing in graduate school. This student-centered event provides space to students across disciplines and at different stages in their degree programs to participate remotely in a real-time study group virtually. Additionally, students can request 15-minute one-on-one breakout sessions to ask the CWR consultant pointed questions about their work or process. Show up with a project or deadline and the CWR consultant will help you navigate 2 focused hours of work and scheduled breaks. We look forward to guiding motivated work blocks with you. Please register for CWR Write-In Studio meetings in advance through Zoom.
Dates for online WRITE-IN STUDIOS
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
- August 15 Registration
- September 29 Registration (In-Person)
- October 27 Registration (In-Person)
- November 17 Registration (In-Person)
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Students of Color Writing Retreats
The Center for Writing and Rhetoric offers closed Students of Color Writing Retreats. This is an inclusive space by and for students of color to keep each other accountable to writing goals and discuss writing in a supportive environment. Writing consultants facilitate goal-setting, work blocks, breaks, and a lunch discussion in a similar format to the CWR’s other work events but adapted to provide a shared community space for students of color.
DATES FOR ONLINE Students of Color Writing Retreats
* All Students of Color Writing Retreats will be held from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Qualifying Exams Preparation Weekend
For most doctoral degrees, qualifying exams are the first major milestone that must be completed after coursework. The challenge of demonstrating breadth of knowledge in a field as well as preparedness for a culminating project is complicated by the shift in structure of the post-coursework phase. One proven method of maintaining productivity and motivation during this transition is to participate in community events that are designed to reduce distraction, facilitate peer engagement, and provide a source of accountability.
The Center for Writing & Rhetoric is happy to announce that in addition to our dissertation bootcamps, writing retreats, and writing groups, we will now also be offering an event just for students at the qualifying exam stage. Designed for students doing timed exams, written assignments, dissertation chapter drafts, and portfolios, the event will provide the options of either dedicated work time with peers or a combination of work time and facilitated sessions on exam preparation topics.
DATES FOR ONLINE qualifying exams preparation weekend
- October 1 & 2
* All Qualifying Exam Prep Weekends will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
LGBTQ+ Writing Retreat
The LGBTQ+ Writing Retreat will offer queer and trans students the chance to build community with one another and attend a mid-day mini workshop. This retreat aims to empower queer and trans students’ knowledge and expertise while remaining productive and accountable. Participants have the option to meet with a Writing Consultant one-on-one using, and there will be activities like queer trivia, community discussion, and rooms with music and virtual galleries.
This is an inclusive space by and for LGBTQ+ people and allies to keep each other accountable to our writing goals and for all of us to discuss our writing in a supportive environment.
DATE For ONLINE lgbtq+ retreats
* The LGBTQ+ Writing Retreat will be held virtually from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Register in advance to attend the weekend-long CWR productivity event to join students working towards coursework, qualifying exams, or thesis/dissertation milestones. Our CWR consultant-facilitated writing event is designed for students looking for an accountability group to drive them to get work done. This event offers guided work blocks, provides time for students to meet with writing consultants to discuss their work, and promotes student engagement in discussions about graduate writing and research.
December 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Summer Dissertation Bootcamp
How is it different from the weekend boot camp?
The Summer Dissertation Bootcamp is a multi-day writing event that lasts from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. During this time, you will work with peers at a similar stage as you in structured writing blocks. Through communal lunch conversations, guest visits, and workshop sessions, you will dedicate hours of work time to your project while also learning strategies for the writing process. Students who have attended this event in the past have had great success in gaining momentum to complete their dissertations.
Can I come?
There is an application process for the week-long bootcamp. All applicants are required to submit a detailed work plan detailing specific writing goals for the event. Additionally, an email confirmation from your advisor that you have discussed your plan with them is required. Our summer bootcamp is open to folks at both the dissertation and dissertation proposal stages.
How do I apply?
- Eligible students must submit an application which includes a brief statement on how you hope to benefit from the Bootcamp and a detailed Writing Plan for the bootcamp.
- You should discuss your proposed writing goals with your dissertation chair.
- Your chair must email us at email@example.com with approval of your Summer Dissertation Bootcamp writing plan.
Apply to Attend In-Person OR ONLINE Summer Dissertation bootcamp
- Stay tuned for upcoming dates
Can I apply for both summer dissertation bootcamps?
Yes! Students are welcome to apply for both the in-person and online Summer Dissertation Bootcamp. Please note that you should develop a separate writing plan for each event.
Workshops & Webinars
Diversifying Resources Workshop
What is knowledge? On the surface, this question seems to beg a universal answer, but the politics of knowledge production are far from neutral. A Western philosophical paradigm has primarily shaped how we perceive knowledge and characterize those who can claim knowledge on a particular academic subject. The following workshop on “Diversifying Resources” attempts to help students question the Western assumptions of what knowledge is and what types of peoples and cultures are allowed to be the purveyors of knowledge by refocusing our attention on sites of knowledge production outside of the traditional Western canon.
- Register Now for October 28, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (In-Person)
Code-Meshing in Graduate Writing Workshop
Code-meshing describes a process of mixing and combining language from one’s own cultural background to produce new words and meanings. In this workshop, we will address how to code-mesh in the graduate setting with regards to writing style, language, tone, and content. We will brainstorm ideas for code-meshing in our own work and analyze examples that include the work of CGU students and published scholars.
- Register Now for December 2, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
CWR Collaborative Events
Get creative in a feminist zine writing workshop with the CWR to flex your artist activist muscles! Learn tips and tricks to the trade and enjoy a brief workshop on the genre of the zine. Then engage in a guided zine writing activity with members of the 7C community. All you need is an 8X10 piece of paper, writing utensils such as pens, pencils, or markers, and scissors. Attendees will be provided with the materials to make their zine live. Feel free to bring along your favorite feminist quotes or images to integrate into your zine.
- Register Now for September 30, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Join us at the California Botanic Garden for our Outdoor Writing Workshop, and read or write amidst natural surroundings to inspire our work. This workshop will take place on Saturday, Oct 8th from 10am-2pm. Please meet us at the front of the botanic gardens near the information booth 10 minutes prior to the workshop, as we will walk as a group to our destination. Before the event, please make sure all electronic devices are fully charged and other materials you need for the day are on your person before we depart for our destination. Our workshop will be followed by a brief tour of the gardens, courtesy of some of our own CGU botany students! Lunch will be provided.
In order to receive free admission, students must sign up by 12:00 pm Friday, October 7. Admission after this deadline will be $6.00 at the door.
- Register Now for October 8, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
In collaboration with CWR, the CGU Center for Writing & Rhetoric’s Chicano Latino Student Affairs Writing Retreat is designed to assist in the development of sustainable writing habits by providing a dedicated time for the 7C Latinx community to focus on writing and productivity while building a community of scholars and writers. The event provides a safe and supportive community for students as they navigate their writing projects. Our goal is to learn from each other and support one another in our academic endeavors. This retreat will be a collaborative space for Chicano Latino students to mutually support themselves in all stages of the writing process and gain invaluable feedback for their work.
- Register Now for October 9, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (In-Person)