Research Article Boot Camp: December 10 and 11, 2019

Why, What, Who, and How?

Why a Research Article 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 Research Article Boot Camp?

The GCAC Research Article 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 GCAC Research Article 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 GCAC Research Article Boot Camp?

The GCAC Research Article 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?

The next GCAC Research Article Boot Camp will take place on December 10th and 11th. Enrollment in the Camp is limited to 20 students; eligible applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.​​ Priority will be given to first-time Boot Campers.

To apply for a place in our December Camp, please submit a personal statement to Dr. Peter Grav at  containing the following information:

  • Your UTORid and your U of T student number
  • your department and year of study
  • confirmation that you have completed your primary research and/or lab work and are in a position to be writing your research article
  • your current writing situation and problems you face in getting the writing job done
  • a statement identifying what your writing goals would be for this two-day retreat.
  • a word or two about why the idea of a Boot Camp appeals and anything else you think we should know

On your email, please use the subject line “RA Boot Camp.”

Applications are due by December 2nd; if you are accepted, you will receive confirmation by December 4th. Once you’re in, we’ll get the logistics to you and let you know how to submit payment (see below).

Note: There is a $30.00 non-refundable fee for this camp that must be paid in advance.  This fee covers beverage, snack and lunch costs for the two days.  Your registration will not be considered complete until payment is made.