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GSAS Writing Studio

Writing Studio

The GSAS Writing Studio, which opened in September 2018, is dedicated to supporting Arts and Sciences doctoral students who are in the process of writing the dissertation.

The quiet writing stations in our newly renovated space on the third floor of Lehman Library are reserved for Arts and Sciences dissertation writers on a first-come, first-served basis on weekdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Additional meeting rooms, including our downstairs Seminar Room, are available by reservation for dissertation-related group work.

If you require accessibility accommodations, please contact us directly: gsas-writingstudio [at] columbia.edu.

Summer Dissertation-Writers' RETREATS

Registration has now CLOSED for the Writing Studio's August Dissertation-Writers' Retreat.

For our four-day retreats, in addition to dedicated, quiet writing space, the GSAS Writing Studio offers breakfast, lunch, coffee, and help managing tech distractions. While the main goal is to provide dissertation writers ample time to write, brief goal-setting meetings at the start and close of day will help frame the day’s work. Writing Studio consultants will be on hand to provide further support to interested writers.

Retreats are interdisciplinary and open to all Arts & Sciences dissertation writers. Priority will be given to those who are nearing the end of their years in program and available for the full retreat.

AUGUST RETREAT: August 19-22, 9:00am-4:00pm daily

   

WORKSHOPS

The GSAS Writing Studio's summer workshop series has ended. Check here again in late August for information and registration for our Fall '19 workshops.

Summer '19 Workshops:

Make a Summer Writing Plan
Set yourself up for dissertation-writing success this summer.  In this one-hour workshop, you'll develop meaningful goals and set a plan for reaching them, including identifying support systems, safety nets, and other structures to help you succeed. This workshop is open to Arts & Sciences PhD students at any phase of the dissertation process, but is best suited to those who plan to write actively this summer.

Archive Basics for Non-Historians
Does your dissertation require archival research, but you're not sure where to start? The Writing Studio's consultant-historians are here to help! In this hour-long workshop, we will cover basics: planning an archival research trip and knowing what to expect when you get there; tips and tricks to make the most out of your research time; tools for organizing your research; and ideas for integrating your findings into your writing upon your return. Participants will learn a variety of strategies and will have the opportunity to draft an individualized research plan.
 

Zotero for the Dissertation
Tips and strategies for using Zotero bibliographic management software to organize, integrate, and cite dissertation research.

Jumpstart Your Prospectus
Join fellow writers to get a running start on your prospectus this summer. In this workshop, Writing Studio consultants will offer strategies and support for developing, exploring and articulating new ideas. Participants will leave the workshop with a writing plan, fresh perspective on their work, and the momentum to start putting words on the page.  
 

Dissertation Writing Groups

Our Summer Dissertation Writing Groups are now underway!

Registration for Fall 2019 Facilitated Writing Groups will open in early September.

For information about joining or forming a peer-led dissertation writing group, please email us at gsas-writingstudio [at] columbia.edu.

Reserve a Room

The GSAS Writing Studio offers meeting space for dissertation-related group work. All rooms are equipped with whiteboards. Hours now extended!

Groups of 2-8: Reserve a room in the Studio’s upstairs mezzanine space (319M Lehman Library). Room A seats eight and is equipped with a media screen. Reservations available until 10:00pm daily.

Groups of 9-16: Reserve the Studio’s downstairs Seminar Room (321 Lehman Library), which is equipped with a media screen and available until 10:00 pm daily. This room is wheelchair accessible.

One-on-One Consultations

**GSAS Writing Studio consultations have ended for the summer. We will post a new appointment schedule in late August.**

Arts and Sciences dissertation writers may schedule a forty-five-minute, one-on-one consultation with one of the Studio’s trained consultants. Appointments are limited.

If you require accessibility accommodations, please contact us directly: gsas-writingstudio [at] columbia.edu

Hours and Policies
  • The GSAS Writing Studio is restricted for use by Arts and Sciences dissertation writers, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Students may reserve space for one to four hours at a time, in hour-long blocks.
  • Writing groups may reserve space for no more than four hours per day, and no more than ten hours per week.
  • Students will be notified promptly by email of the status of their reservation request.
  • GSAS Writing Studio spaces may be used for dissertation writing only. They may not be used as classrooms, recitation rooms, lecture rooms or TA grading rooms; for office hours; or as venues for social gatherings or student organization meetings.
How to Find Us

Click here to view a map of Lehman Library.

  • The Studio’s mezzanine space is located on the west side of Lehman Library, in 319M (West Reading Room). Once you pass through Lehman Library’s main turnstile, turn right. The stairs up to the mezzanine level are located at the near end of the reading room.
  • The GSAS Writing Studio Seminar Room is located on east side of the library, in 321 Lehman. Once you pass through Lehman Library’s main turnstile, turn left. This room is available by reservation only; the keys may be obtained from Lehman’s circulation-desk librarians after you have reserved the room online (see above). This room is wheelchair accessible.
Contact

Please write to Kate Daloz, Director of the GSAS Writing Studio, with any questions or suggestions at gsas-writingstudio [at] columbia.edu.