Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Writing Bootcamps and Study Halls

Benefits 

Many graduate students recognize that writing can be an isolating activity and that finding motivation can sometimes be difficult. To counteract these hurdles, the Graduate Writing Lab offers frequent Writing Bootcamps and Study Halls, allowing you to make significant progress on your dissertation or other writing projects while enjoying the camaraderie and support of your peers. Bootcamps are all-day writing sessions that offer you a productive, goal-oriented work environment. Long stretches of writing are broken up by lunch, physical exercise, and accountability check-ins. Like Bootcamps, Study Halls provide a quiet space to work, but are much shorter to accommodate busy schedules. Bootcamps and Study Halls fill up fast, so keep an eye out for upcoming sessions!

Study Hall filled with students.

Eligibility 

Writing Bootcamps and Study Halls are meant for Master’s students and Ph.D. candidates who are in the process of writing their research papers, prospectuses, dissertation chapters, or other writing projects and need space, time, and company. These programs are also an excellent resource for those students who want to meet their dissertation submission deadline.

To find out more and sign up for these events, check your email for our weekly electronic Graduate Writing Lab newsletter! Registration opens three weeks before each session.

What to Expect 

Writing Bootcamps

Writing Bootcamps are normally offered during weekends in mid-October and late January, and during selected weekdays in mid-May.

Each session starts with a nutritious breakfast followed by 6-7 hours of writing with a break for lunch, coffee, and physical warm-up exercises.

8:30 – 9:00 am – Sign in, set up, and breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 am – Setting up goals for the day
9:15 – 12:00 pm – Writing, writing, and writing
12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 pm – More writing
3:00 – 3:15 pm – Break for coffee and snacks, stretching session
3:15 - 4:45 pm – Even more writing
4:45 – 5:00 pm – Accountability session

Students stretching at writing bootcamp.

Students bring their laptops and get an entire day (or days!) of distraction-free writing time, with breakfast, lunch, snacks, and plenty of coffee provided. Dissertation Bootcamps have become a popular tradition in the Graduate School. Do not miss this amazing program!

Study Halls

Study Halls are abbreviated versions of the Dissertation Bootcamps, with three hours of writing per session. They provide students with structured writing time, effective writing strategies, and space to work on their term papers, prospectuses, dissertation chapters, and articles for publication. Study Halls are scheduled throughout the academic year and alternate between morning and afternoon sessions. Below is an example schedule for the morning sessions:

Students studying.9:00 – 9:15 am – Setting up goals for the day

9:15 – 11:50 am – Writing, writing, and writing

11:50 – 12:00 pm – Accountability session

 

 

 

 

During these programs we provide drinks and snacks; morning and late afternoon sessions include breakfast and dinner, respectively.

A summer Study Hall series is also offered as the program “Get It Done in June,” which consists of regular Study Halls for the entire month of June.

Past Events in this Series

Title Time Location
Spring 2017 Study Hall March 9, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm CTL New Space, room 121
Spring 2017 Study Hall March 1, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm CTL New Space, room 121
Spring 2017 Study Hall February 21, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm CTL New Space, room 121
Spring 2017 Study Hall February 16, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm CTL New Space, room 121
Spring 2017 Study Hall February 8, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm CTL New Space, room 121
Spring 2017 Study Hall January 31, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm CTL New Space, room 121
January 2017 Dissertation Boot Camp January 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm CTL New Space, room 120 (first floor)
January 2017 Dissertation Boot Camp January 28, 2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm CTL New Space, room 120 (first floor)
December 2016 Study Halls December 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
December 2016 Study Halls December 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
December 2016 Study Halls December 6, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
December 2016 Study Halls December 1, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
Fall 2016 Study Halls November 17, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
Fall 2016 Study Halls November 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
Fall 2016 Study Halls November 1, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
Fall 2016 Study Halls October 27, 2016 - 12:00pm to 3:30pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
Fall Dissertation Bootcamp October 16, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119
Fall Dissertation Bootcamp October 15, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm Hall of Graduate Studies, HGS 119