Academic Writing Programs

Whether you need intensive writing time or are looking for ongoing writing motivation and feedback, we work with campus partners to provide range of academic writing support

Dissertation Boot Camp

Looking for an environment where you can focus solely on writing your dissertation? The Graduate Student Center's popular Dissertation Boot Camp is your two-week writers' retreat.

Dissertation Boot Camp was created at Penn in 2005 to help students progress through the difficult writing stages of the dissertation process. By offering an environment and support for intense, focused writing time, the Camp provides participants with the structure and motivation to overcome typical roadblocks in the dissertation process. Boot Camp is a two-week long, bi-annual event. 

​​​​​​​Drop-in Writing Consultations

Weekly drop-in writing consultations with experts from the Weingarten Learning Resources Center, held throughout the academic year. Weingarten staff can discuss work at every stage, and help you move past difficult roadblocks in the process. 

Writing Accountability Groups

Writing Accountability Groups 
Whether you’re working on a dissertation, journal article, or other writing project, forming a group with other students working on writing projects is a great way to help one another make progress and meet deadlines, by providing accountability and encouragement along the way. Check out our resources for existing writing groups or fill out the group matching form below and we will help connect you with a writing group or partner! 

Writers Retreats & Graduate Writers Rooms 

The Grad Center collaborates with campus partners to provide graduate students with the space, structure, and encouragement to make progress towards completing major research-related writing projects. 

See upcoming Graduate Writers Rooms and Retreats on our events calendar.