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This event is open to Georgia State University graduate and honors thesis students who are currently enrolled for Spring 2018.


The Write-In is a four-day workshop designed to help graduate students break through personal barriers by implementing effective strategies to aid in the completion of a thesis, dissertation, prospectus, or manuscript for publication. Lunch time discussions with speakers will focus, not on discipline-specific content, but on general issues of writing roadblocks, grammar, structure, organization, and time management. Students will also have the opportunity to work with a writing consultant for individualized assistance.

A $40 refundable deposit is required to secure your slot. Additional details provided below.

Expectations and Goals:

  1. Development of a realistic strategic plan for completion of writing.
  2. Identify strategies that will improve writing productivity
  3. Increase confidence in ability to complete program requirements
  4. Establishment of an ongoing peer writing support community to aid in achievement of writing goals.



What is the format for the event?

Each day will flow as depicted below. The lunchtime topics and presenters will vary each day.


Daily Agenda

8:45am – 9:00am Sign-In, Visit the Goal Wall – Record Daily Goal(s)

9:00am – 12:00pm Writing Time (3 hrs.)

11:50am PM ½ Day Group Arrives

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch & Learn Group Discussion with Guest Speakers

1:00pm – 1:30pm Debriefing Group 1 – Goals, Challenges, Questions, Plans for Next Day AM ½ day group only

1:00pm – 4:00pm Writing Time (3 hrs.)

4:00pm – 4:30pm Debriefing Group 2 – Goals, Challenges, Questions, Plans for Next Day Full & PM ½ Day Groups


I selected the AM or PM 1/2 day option but may have some additional time during the week. May I stay a full-day or a few extra hours on some days?

Of course you can! We encourage you to dedicate as much time as possible to writing. Be sure to inform the event organizer of the change in your plans.


When is my $40 refundable deposit due?

March 2nd

Where do I send my $40 deposit?

Please do not send or drop off cash. We are unable to accept cash or electronic deposits. Checks should be made payable to: Georgia State University Foundation

Send via U.S. mail: Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate Programs, P.O. Box 3999, Atlanta, GA 30303-3999. Or

Drop off in-person (Centennial Hall, 100 Auburn Ave, Suite 308)

*Call or send an e-mail to let us know when you plan to stop by(404) 413-2694 or

Is my deposit $40 refundable?

Yes. Your original deposit check will be returned to you at the end of the week upon completion of the entire commitment for the Write-In. Completion is comprised of attending a welcome and orientation session or webinar, showing up on time for all 4 days of the event, and staying for the duration of the option you select (full day, AM ½ day or PM ½ day). If a student fails to show or misses a day the check will be deposited and used to purchase supplies for future Write-Ins.


Will food be provided?

Yes. Each day a light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. There will also be plenty of coffee, tea and water.

What should I bring to the event?

Students are asked to bring their laptop (optional), books, articles and any materials needed to achieve writing goals throughout the week.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information contact Dori Neptune: (404) 413-2694 or