Dissertation Boot Camp

In order to help Georgia Tech PhD students achieve significant progress on their dissertations, the Communication Center offers semesterly Dissertation Writing Boot Camps (DBC). The fall Boot Camp—a week of intensive writing sessions designed to provide time, space, and resources for dissertation writing—will take place during the week of Dec. 9th-13th in the Naugle CommLab (CULC 447). PhD students participating in the Boot Camp will be expected to write from 9 am until 4:30 pm each day.

Space is limited to 18 participants who:

  • have completed enough of their research that they can focus on writing throughout the week,
  • can and will participate in the entirety of the Boot Camp, and
  • may need to take advantage of an opportunity like this to overcome writer's block or a writing slump.

During this Boot Camp, we hope to help students:

  • make progress in the written portion of their dissertations (includes proposals or journal articles that will later be used as dissertation chapters),
  • learn how to set and meet reasonable goals for writing,
  • stay focused on writing and avoid other distractions (such as social media, television, other research, etc.)

During the Boot Camp, CommLab specialists will also be available for half-hour consultations. Keep in mind that specialists will be not able to edit the students' work.

If you have any questions about the Dissertation Writing Boot Camp, please contact the Director, Dr. Brandy Ball Blake, at commlab@gatech.edu. The application form is attached. Students interested in the Boot Camp must email the application by 5:00 p.m. on November 18th to commlab@gatech.edu or turn in a completed hard copy at the CommLab, CULC 447. There will be an information session on November 26th at 11 am in the Naugle CommLab.