Thesis Boot Camp
Applications for the next Thesis Bootcamp are open and close on Sunday 6 March.
Thesis Boot Camp is an intensive and supportive writing environment for late-stage PGR students. The event gives you the time, space, and encouragement to make significant progress on your first draft. It is not designed to provide specific advice on editing, restructuring, or polishing a thesis – the focus is on overcoming writer’s block to produce a large number of words.
In addition to ample writing time, the programme will include activities to overcome writers’ block, physical exercise activities (on or off screen), as well as opportunities to socialise with other PGRs at the same stage of study. You will be able to take frequent breaks to avoid screen fatigue.
The next Thesis Bootcamp will run online over three full days on the 6 - 8 April. Participants are required to attend all 3 full days to support each other as a cohort, and complete preparatory tasks in advance to maximise results. There will also be the option to attend a 1:1 consultation with a writing tutor in the week before the bootcamp.
The program outline will be as follows:
- Wednesday 6 April, 8.45am–4.30pm
- Thursday 7 April, 8.45am–5.45pm
- Friday 8 April, 8.45am–5.45pm
You will need to use your computer/laptop (with internet connection) to access this online event as well as for your writing.
Due to the high demand for TBCs we prioritise PGRs who have not previously attended. If you have attended in the past you may be able to attend again as a Veteran Helper. Please contact Maxine Sims directly to enlist.
If you cannot attend Thesis Bootcamp the below resources offer some alternatives:
Frequently Asked Questions
A list of common queries about how the Thesis Boot Camp works and how to apply.
Whats the purpose of a Thesis Boot Camp? Will attending benefit me? Can't I write my thesis by myself?
TBC is only suitable for late-stage PGRs as it aims to challenge you to write significant numbers of words on a chapter or section of your thesis/dissertation. This is done in a structured and supported environment - enabling you to concentrate on turning off your inner critic and getting some words down on the page. Writing together with others in a supportive atmosphere has proven to be an effective strategy for many, rather than the more ‘traditional’ route of writing your thesis alone.
How do I apply?
The next Thesis Boot Camp will run online from 6-8 April 2022. Applications are open now and close 6 March. Applications which arrive after the deadline or which are not on our TBC application form will not be accepted. If you experience any difficulties accessing or filling out this application form, please email email@example.com for assistance.
I can’t make the whole of the session due to other commitments, can I still attend?
We expect you to attend for the full duration of the TBC to gain the maximum benefit from the session. We anticipate high demand for TBCs and thus cannot guarantee places for everyone who would like to attend. We would therefore like those who do attend to be able to get the most out of their attendance.
I have previously attended a Thesis Boot Camp, can I attend again?
Due to the high demand for TBCs we prioritise PGRs who have not previously attended. If you have attended, and would like to do so again, you may be able to as a TBC Veteran Helper. Please contact Maxine Sims directly to enlist.
Will I be in front of the screen for the whole time?
For the most part, yes! This is an intensive event and you will need to be focused on achieving as much as you can on your writing. However, we will be providing a supportive environment with frequent breaks, writing advice and cohort-building discussions. There will also be some activity breaks where you will have the option to do some gentle exercise or other off-screen activity. Please wear comfortable clothing which allows you to move for that reason.
What do I need to have with me for TBC?
- A computer/laptop with internet connection: Thesis Boot Camp is about getting as many words written as possible so you will need a computer/laptop to get the most out of the event.
- Your preparatory work: We will email you if you are successful in gaining a place on TBC to ask you to think about your writing in advance and to prepare so that you are ready to get the maximum benefit by the time of the TBC. We ask you to commit fully to this process so that you can get the most out of your time.
- Key texts only: There may be a couple of books or papers which you feel you may need to refer to in order to write the chapter/section of your thesis which you are working on. If so, you can have those to hand. You should not have substantial amounts of papers or books however, as the bulk of the reading needs to be done before, not during, the TBC.
- Things which make you feel comfortable: You will be sitting down for many hours at a time (although we highly encourage regular stretching and short breaks) so please feel free to dress in your comfiest clothing – whatever you like to wear when relaxed. You may also wish to use a cushion or blanket for extra comfort and warmth.
What happens if I'm not successful? Is there other support available to help me with writing my thesis?
We run a number of Writer’s Retreats which are day-long supported writing workshops as well as other writing training. Visit our Writing and Referencing events on myPGR for more information. Our online Thesis Mapping resources can also help you to plan a timetable that maximises your chances of delivering on time. You could also use the resources on Supporting your writing to run your own Writers Retreat with others, or attend one of the libraries Thesis Writing circles.
If you have any further questions about TBC, please contact Maxine or Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org.