Dear colleagues,


We are excited to announce our first-ever writing workshop series focused on graduate students coming up next week. The series focuses on how to be successful at the thesis/dissertation/capstone phase and would be valuable for students at the beginning of their graduate program or in the throes of writing that final, BIG paper. We would appreciate your help with spreading the word to your graduate students.


Thank you!






Thesis/Dissertation Week: Writing Your Way into Your Research 

Wednesday, Feb. 10 – Friday, Feb. 12, 2021

Join Graduate Student Life and the Writing Center for a three-day series aimed at supporting your writing success as you near the finish line of your graduate program. The series will cover topics from mindful writing and what to expect in the post-coursework phase of your program, to project management and writing productivity. Below is the list of sessions with links to register:


  • Mindful Writing: Practices for Easing Graduate Writing Stress: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1:30-2:30pm
    • Rewarding and exciting as it can be, writing at the graduate level is often synonymous with stress. In this workshop, we offer mindful writing as a means of easing the stress and fatigue of grad writing. Prepare to leave with mindful writing practices and resources you can use in your thinking, writing, and researching.


  • Panel: How to Navigate Your Post-Coursework Journey: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 3:15-4:15pm
    • This panel brings together graduate faculty members at Mason representing different colleges and fields of study. Panelists will be asked questions along the line of what they wished candidates (both MA/MS and PhD) knew about post-coursework (going into their exams/thesis/diss/final projects). They will be giving discipline/field-specific advice about generating and producing your research question for the project you’ll be doing.


  • Strategies for Structuring and Writing Lit Reviews: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2-3pm
    • Literature reviews are an important and often necessary part of graduate-level writing and research, but the process and strategies used to write lit reviews can sometimes seem elusive or mysterious. This workshop takes the mystery out of lit reviews by offering strategies for both structuring and writing them. Prepare to leave with a clearer sense of how these organizational strategies can help you navigate and write lit reviews in your discipline.


  • Managing Your Capstone/Thesis/Diss: Thursday, Feb. 11, 3:10-4:15pm
    • This session will provide you with strategies for managing large projects such as research projects, community service events, and dissertations. Learn how to define the scope of your project, identify resources, create a timeline, and keep everything organized.


  • Weekly Grad Student Write-In: Friday, Feb. 12, 9:30am-1pm
    • If you're looking for group accountability and time to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about making progress on their writing goals, sign up for this Friday’s Write-In with the Writing Center. Writers bring their coffee, a set of goals, and a commitment to join the group on time and remain for the entire session. We begin with a short conversation about goals and end with a short wrap-up on accomplishments. The remaining time is dedicated to writing. A Writing Center consultant is present to coordinate the session and to take consultations.


  • University Dissertation & Thesis Services Overview: Friday, Feb. 12, 1:30-2:30pm
    • Sally Evans, UDTS Coordinator, will walk you through the Interactive Template, which can be found at Many of our graduate students who are writing theses and dissertations find this template useful when preparing their documents for the mandatory Format Review. You are not required to use this template, but if you are interested in learning more about it, then please attend this workshop.


To learn more about the series and to register for the sessions of interest, visit note that registering for the event as a whole will not register you for individual sessions; you must register for the individual sessions you want to attend.



Julie Choe Kim, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Student Life

George Mason University

Pronouns: she/her/hers


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