ABD to PhD Writing Workshops

You’ve made it through all of your courses, comprehensive exams, the dissertation prospectus, and the majority, if not all, of your research. You’re finally an all-but-dissertated (ABD) doctoral student! The only thing that remains is to write the dissertation. That’s where the ABD to PhD writing workshops come in.

The ABD to PhD Workshops are designed and facilitated by experienced writing professionals from across campus. They provide writing support for ABD students, an opportunity to discuss shared concerns about the dissertation process, and introduce strategies to facilitate writing. Each semester the series has three workshops with topics that address dissertation writing for ABD students at the beginning, middle, or end of the writing process.

Not an ABD student? No worries. Only in-person seats are reserved for ABD students. Online seats are open to all students.

Why should you attend the ABD to PhD Workshops?

  • Learn new skills and strategies
  • Refresh your knowledge of effective writing practices
  • Be surrounded by other ABD students focused on dissertation writing
  • FREE, with options to attend in-person or remotely via Zoom. Please know that in-person seats are reserved for ABD students, however, all other student may attend online via Zoom.
  • Light refreshments, snacks, and pens and paper are provided

Getting started is simple

  1. Check out the calendar of workshops and topics in the following section
  2. RSVP online. Registration is required and in-person seats are limited. Registration links for each session are in the schedule section below.
  3. Show up with your questions and writing ready to go



Fall 2019

All sessions are held in the Graduate Center, located at 1600 E 1st Street. It is the one-story pink building on the southeast corner of 1st Street and Cherry Avenue (click for map).

Wednesday, September 11, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4

Topic: Effective Planning and Working with Faculty

  • Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/abd2phd09112019
  • Description: We will address common concerns that affect the writing process, including communicating effectively with faculty, managing the dissertation process timeline, and maximizing campus resources for graduate students.

Wednesday, October 9, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4

Topic: Literature Review 1.0: Dissertation Edition

  • Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/abd2phd10092019
    • Interested students who are observing Yom Kippur should email gradcenter@email.arizona.edu for options to attend the workshop asynchronously.
  • Description: We will discuss literature reviews and how to include them effectively in various dissertation formats. We will explore ways to organize and connect secondary sources, share examples from multiple disciplines, and apply organizational strategies. This workshop is intended for students new to, or struggling with, the process of writing a literature review.

Wednesday, November 13, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Graduate Center, Room 4

Topic: Avoiding Wordiness in Academic Writing

  • Register at the following link: http://bit.ly/abd2phd11132019
  • Description: We will explore ways to identify and fix common causes of sentence-level wordiness. Please bring a short sample of your writing (either hardcopy or on a laptop) with you to this workshop.


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Last updated 26 Aug 2019