Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Writing Bootcamps and Study Halls

Dissertation Boot Camps and Study Halls return this Fall! 
The first Dissertation Boot Camp is coming on September 30th and October 1st.

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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.


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 early in the Fall and late January, and during selected weekdays in early 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.

Students stretching at writing bootcamp.

9:00 – 9:20 am – Sign in, set up, and breakfast

9:20 – 9:30 am – Setting up goals for the day

9:30 – 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 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 – 12:15 pm – Writing, writing, and writing

12:15– 12:30 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 Event Topic Time
Spring 2017 Study Hall Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Spring 2017 Study Hall Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
January 2017 Dissertation Boot Camp Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
January 2017 Dissertation Boot Camp Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
December 2016 Study Halls Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
December 2016 Study Halls Monday, December 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
December 2016 Study Halls Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
December 2016 Study Halls Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Fall 2016 Study Halls Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Fall 2016 Study Halls Monday, November 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm