ELWS Boot Camps and Writing Intensives

ELWS Boot Camps and Writing Intensive Courses are designed to give U of T graduate students a blend of expert guidance and dedicated writing time. We offer support in dissertation writing, proposal writing, and research article writing, at different points throughout the year. For more information on each, please see below. By combining opportunities for distraction-free writing with instruction on complex doctoral writing genres, we help graduate students to meet their writing goals, deepen their understanding of academic writing, and build a community of writers.

Dissertation Boot Camp: August 22-24, 2017

Why, What, Who, and How?

Why a Dissertation Boot Camp?

Writing a dissertation is a priority for doctoral students, but finding productive writing time is often a challenge. Despite its centrality, the dissertation is frequently neglected amidst all the obligations and distractions of everyday life. The Dissertation Boot Camp is a chance to step away from that routine and focus exclusively on dissertation writing for three days.

What is a Dissertation Boot Camp?

The Dissertation Boot Camp will give you dedicated blocks of writing time as well as the opportunity to learn about strategies for productive dissertation writing. You'll be required to ignore the Internet (lunch breaks excepted) and set aside other demands on your time for three days, giving you the opportunity to make significant progress in your writing. We will also discuss various productivity approaches to help you gain momentum in your writing that will last beyond our three days together.

Who is eligible to enrol in a Dissertation Boot Camp?

In order to sign up for the ELWS Dissertation Boot Camp, you must meet the following conditions:

  • You are actively engaged in writing a doctoral dissertation in any department at U of T; the boot camp is not open to Master's students.
  • You are finished with course work, qualifying exams, and primary research and/or data collection; the boot camp is designed for writing, not further reading and research.

How does the Dissertation Boot Camp work?

We provide a space conducive to the business of writing: distraction-free with places to plug in your laptop. The camp is run by a facilitator knowledgeable about the many challenges associated with dissertation writing. We provide coffee, tea, and snacks each day. Participants come prepared with their laptops and all the materials they need to achieve their writing goals. Each day begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm.

How Do I Apply?

Please check back for enrolment instructions in late June 2017. 


Writing Intensive Proposal Courses: Late August 2017

Why, What, Who, and How?

Please check back for further information.

How Do I Apply?

Please check back for enrolment instructions in August 2017.


Research Article Boot Camp: Fall 2017

Why, What, Who, and How?

Why a Writing Boot Camp?

Getting your research published is a priority for graduate students, but finding uninterrupted time for writing is often challenging. Most of us have been in the position of having completed our research and then feeling the pressure to get it down on paper. Yet prioritizing your writing and scheduling structured writing time seems impossible amidst all the obligations and distractions of everyday living. In short, your research is just sitting there and you need something to get you moving, something to get you closer to being able to press “submit.” 

What is a Writing Boot Camp?

The ELWS Research Article Writing Boot Camp is designed to provide U of T graduate students with a dedicated time and space for intensive writing. By providing you with a writing regimen in a distraction-free environment, as well as expert support and advice, we can help you to reach your writing objectives, namely, finishing your manuscript so you can submit your article for publication.

In this camp, you'll be asked to declare your writing goals and then be given dedicated blocks of writing time, free from all the regular distractions and demands on your time. You'll be asked to abandon the Internet and email for the two days (lunch breaks excepted), giving you the opportunity to get some writing done and to consider and discuss the process of writing with other graduate students facing the same challenges as you. 

Importantly, this “Camp” offers a way to rediscover the positive aspects of writing and move away from the stress and guilt that's often associated with it. What you will actually write depends on where you currently are in the writing process—whether you need to start, make progress on or complete your research article will be decided by you.

Who Should Sign Up?

In order to sign up for the ELWS Research Article Writing Boot Camp, the following conditions apply:

  • Your research and data collection must be finished, i.e. you need to be at a point where the only logical thing to do is write. Boot Camp is for writing, not further reading and research. 

  • You are willing to set goals and strive to reach them, to commit to a two-day program and to realize your potential for self-disciplined writing.

What Are the Logistics of the ELWS Research Article Boot Camp?

The ELWS Research Article Writing Boot Camp takes place on two consecutive days, from 9:00 to 4:30 each day. We provide a space conducive to thinking about, discussing and getting down to the business of writing—distraction-free with places to plug in your laptop. The camp is run by a facilitator knowledgeable about the ins and outs of writing research articles. We provide morning coffee, snacks, and lunch each day of the camp. You come prepared with your laptop and all the materials (e.g., research notes, lab results) you'�ll need to achieve your writing goals.

How Do I Apply?

Please check back for enrolment instructions in Fall 2017.