Dissertation Jumpstart Workshops

Sign Up for 2020 at a Location Near You

Making a new year's resolution to finish your dissertation ASAP? Get a jump start that will help you strategize and find others in your area with whom you can compare notes and maybe even start a meetup for regular writing this semester. 


Each workshop is capped at 10 participants to make sure the instruction is personalized. Four to six hours of workshop are designed to get you past your sticking points. Get help with (a) the politics of graduate departments and negotiating with advisors, (b) tools and resources to assist in research and writing, (c) APA compliance, and (d) one-on-one sessions to give specific methodology advice. See Event Details below for an hour-by-hour description. For information on the presenter, see the About Me page. Also, check out the Free Resources section of this website.

  

$285 Full workshop = 6 hours of workshop with lunch included (10 am - 5 pm)

$185 Half workshop  = 3 hours of workshop with lunch included 

$85 Full workshop as a scholarship (described below)

$85 One-on-one 50-minute individual strategy and writing session with presenter at 6:30 pm Saturday or on Sunday 

A $50 pre-pay to hold your spot will go toward your total. The remainder is due prior to the workshop. 


Scholarships

Those in the helping professions--which includes teaching, social work, nursing, and non-profit leadership--work hard to make the world a better place. Often the pay isn't as much as professions that require a similar amount of training, especially when working for underserved groups. That's why we're keeping the cost reasonable and offering scholarships based on social contribution for workshop participants to attend the full workshop at $72. To apply for the scholarship, send a one-page resume plus one page answering the following questions to ardell.broadbent@gmail.com


1. What is the title and purpose statement of your dissertation? 

2. What is your current job title and/or volunteer work? Who do you serve, or are preparing to serve, and why?

3. What are your demographics? We are seeking grant funding to help cover the costs of potentially offering a large number of discounted seats, and this requires reporting on gender, head-of-household status, full-time parental caretaker role, or any other potentially challenging characteristic.

ABD student small workshop format helps foster relationships for accountability & resource sharing

ABD student small workshop format helps foster relationships for accountability & resource sharing 

Upcoming Workshops

4 Jan 2020 Saturday

Seattle WA

10am - 5pm

Centrally located

Event Details

4 Jan 2020 Saturday

Seattle WA

  • 10 am:  Attendees give an intro to their topic, where they are in the dissertation process, and their three biggest challenges (5 min per person). Pick from among a list of common challenges, or name your own.
  • 11 am:  Discussion of how to overcome specific challenges brought up in first hour (group Q&A).
  • 12 noon:  Lunch will be take-out, on site at no extra cost to allow time to share resources and ideas among attendees. Lunch is covered by workshop cost. Don’t underestimate the importance of getting to know your ABD peers.
  • 1 pm:  Break-out session to work alone (bring a laptop), with the presenter making rounds for individual help (6 min per person).
  • 2 pm:  Presentation of issues you may not have encountered yet, dissertation horror stories from Ardell’s coaching and editing practice,  and continuation of prior discussion of challenges
  • 3 pm:  Break-out sessions in groups of two or three for brainstorming with those who have similar challenges, then groups share with the whole their best solutions
  • 4 pm:  Break-out session to work alone, with the presenter making rounds for individual help (6 min per person).
  • 5 pm:  For  those able to stay, we’ll have reservations for a restaurant nearby to mingle and strategize. Dinner is not covered by workshop cost.

10am - 5pm

Centrally located