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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]

Dissertation-Writing Groups

Join fellow dissertation writers for mutual support, accountability, and reader feedback. Groups begin meeting soon! Register here

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

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]

Upcoming Events

See full event calendar here.

Dissertation Writing Hours

Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00pm

Join fellow dissertation writers in the GSAS Writing Studio for quiet writing time. This weekly event carries no requirements aside from a commitment to spend this time drafting, writing, or revising in the presence of other writers. 

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Please note that cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Sign up here.



Dissertation Writing Sprints

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Dissertation Sprints are now a twice-weekly event at the Writing Studio! Join us Tuesday and Thursday evenings for a 3-hour block of focused writing time in the company of fellow writers. Commit to making regular progress towards your dissertation goals by signing up for multiple sessions in advance. Coffee, tea and light snacks are on us—all you have to do is write.

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Please note that cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

For Tuesdays: Sign up here.

For ThursdaysSign up here.


Spring Break Dissertation Writers Retreat
March 18-21, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Four days of dedicated writing time in the Studio's newly renovated spaces. We will provide support with goal-setting and accountability, along with lunch, coffee and light snacks.

Registration for this event has closed.


Connect with Other Dissertation Writers

Columbia's GSAS Dissertation Writers may use this forum to: form peer writing groups, either on campus or remotely; post a call for collaborators; or find partners for workshopping, accountability, co-writing, or proof-reading. Messages are subject to review by a moderator. You must be logged into gmail or Lionmail to post/view; however, you do not need to join this google group to use the message board.

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.

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