English Conversation Hour

Practice conversational English in a friendly, informal setting. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students. For the foreseeable future, our Conversation Hour events will occur virtually using BlueJeans. If you are interested, please take a moment to fill out the following form.

Conversation Hour Event Registration

Upcoming Conversation Hour meetings:

  • Thursday, February 17, 5-6pm
  • Thursday, March 17, 5-6pm
  • Thursday, April 14, 5-6pm


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 Spring 2022 Dissertation Accelerator will take place May 2nd-6th 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 on proposals or first chapters. 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 is now open for the Spring 2022 Dissertation Accelerator and will close on Friday, April 22nd at 5pm.



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:

March 4th (online)
March 11th (online)
March 18th (online)
April 1st (online)
April 8th (hybrid)
April 15th (hybrid)
April 22nd (hybrid)

We will begin these writing sessions online but hope to offer an in-person option soon. Modality and location will be updated here, but you can sign up using this form to get updates and the link to join online emailed to you.


Spring 2022 Workshops

Workshops provide specific instruction on many topics, including but not limited to visual rhetoric, oral presentations, job application materials, and academic writing. Each workshop is conducted by a trained expert in communication and is geared to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. In Spring 2022 we will be offering the following workshops:

Managing Longform Projects: Graduate Dissertations and Undergraduate Theses

Monday, February 21st
BlueJeans (Register Here)

Are you beginning a thesis or dissertation and aren't sure where to begin? Are you in the middle of a large writing project and feeling overwhelmed? Join Dr. Shinjini Chattopadhyay to learn how to master longform writing projects. Registration required to receive the link to join.

How to "Overcome" Imposter Syndrome in Academia

Thursday, March 3rd
Clough 447 (Register Here)

Join Dr. Rachel Robinson to learn how to gain confidence in your writing and communication skills. You belong here! Registration is not required but is appreciated.

Proposal Writing for Science Researchers

Thursday, April 14th
Stephen C. Hall Building 102 (Register Here)

In this workshop, Tim Floyd, Principal Research Engineer with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, will share best practices for writing research proposals and provide insight into the proposal writing process from first draft to submission. If you are interested in a career in applied research, join us to learn how effective writing can be your key to success. Registration is not required but is appreciated.