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 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. You can attend too.

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 to attend

Getting started is simple

  1. Check out the calendar of workshops and topics in the following section
  2. RSVP online. Registration is required. The Zoom link for the workshop will be sent with your confirmation email.
  3. Show up with your questions and writing ready to go



All sessions are free and will be held via Zoom. The Zoom meeting link is the same for all sessions in the series, and it is provided after you complete the registration form. You are welcome to sign up for any number of the workshops.

Spring 2021

Materials from the workshop will be made availabe in a shared folder accessible using one's UArizona email and password.

January 27, 4:30pm-6:30pm Arizona/Mountain Standard Time

Topic: Literature Review 2.0: Synthesizing Information

February 24, 4:30pm-6:30pm Arizona/Mountain Standard Time

Topic: Sentence Fluency

March 31, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Arizona/Mountain Standard Time

Topic: Writing In-depth Analysis to Support Your Research

Fall 2020

Interested in materials from previous sessions. Check out our shared resources folder. Use your UArizona email and password to login.

September 2, 4:30pm-6:30pm Arizona Time

Topic: Effective Planning and Working with Faculty

  • 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.

October 7, 4:30pm-6:30pm Arizona Time

Topic: Literature Review 1.0: Dissertation Edition

  • 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 to our discussions of the literature. This workshop is intended for students new to, or struggling with, the process of writing a literature review.

November 4, 4:30pm-6:30pm Arizona Time

Topic: Avoiding Wordiness in Academic Writing

  • Description: We will explore ways to identify and fix common causes of sentence-level wordiness. Please have a short sample of your writing available for this workshop.


The ABD to PhD Writing Workshops are made possible by:

Last updated 20 Jan 2021