English Conversation Hour

Practice conversational English in a friendly, informal setting. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested, please fill out the following form to receive updates and reminders about future meetings.

Conversation Hour Event Registration

Upcoming Conversation Hour meetings:

Wednesday, September 28th
Wednesday, October 26th
Wednesday, November 30th

All meetings will be held in person from 5:30-6:30pm in the Communication Center, Clough 447.


Dissertation Accelerator

The Dissertation Accelerator is open to all currently enrolled GT doctoral students actively working on their dissertations, at any stage of the process. The Accelerator provides students with structured time to write, accountability to help them meet their goals, community to support them through the process, and access to workshops that provide them with tools and strategies for completing the dissertation. The Accelerator is not a writing course and it does not provide writing instruction to students. Students should be prepared to write independently for ~20 hours during the Accelerator week.

We host an Accelerator at the end of each fall and spring semester and offer both in-person and remote options for participation. In-person participation is limited and priority is given to students who have not previously participated in an Accelerator in person and who fit the focus of the event, which changes based on the term.

  • Fall Focus: students in the final stages of the dissertation (graduating in May)
  • Spring Focus: students just beginning the process (proposal stage or first chapter/section)

The Fall 2022 Dissertation Accelerator will take place December 12th-16th from 10am-5pm daily with both in-person and remote options for participation. Space is limited for in-person participation and will be determined based on where students are in the dissertation process, previous participation, and registration order. This Accelerator is designed for early-stage dissertation writers who are working preparing to defend and graduate in the spring. PhD Candidates at any stage are welcome to participate remotely. All participants should be prepared to attend all sessions. Registrants will receive detailed information about the Accelerator one week prior to the event (including whether or not they are invited to participate in person).

Registration will open in late November.


Just Write Fridays

Graduate students at all levels are invited to join weekly for structured writing time. Each session will begin with setting and sharing goals and end with a brief progress report. Each time you attend and complete the exit survey, you will be entered into a drawing to win prizes at the end of the semester.

Just Write Fridays will take place this semester from 9:30am-11:30am on the following dates:

September 16
September 23
September 30
October 7
October 21
October 28
November 4
November 11
November 18
December 2

Sessions will be held on Zoom but participants are welcome to work in person in the Communication Center (Clough 447). To receive weekly reminders with the Zoom link to join, sign up here.


Saturday Writing Sprints

Designed for undergraduate and master's thesis writers, Saturday Writing Sprints provide structured writing time for students to work on their thesis projects.

Saturday Writing Sprints take place from 9am-12pm in the Stephen C. Hall Building. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. Participation is limited to 20, and registration will open in late September.

Fall Dates:
October 22nd
November 19th