The Dissertation Writers' Workshop (DWW) sessions are held approximately once a month during the semester. These workshops are an opportunity for students to present a work-in-progress for feedback from faculty and other graduate students.
Typically, presenters are in the dissertation-writing stage of their PhD program and provide a chapter for their session. However, past participants have included students writing dissertation proposals, and the GHA welcomes students at all stages of the graduate program, as well as papers other than dissertation chapters or proposals. Possible submissions could include papers being prepared for publication or grant/fellowship applications in progress.
DWW sessions are held on Fridays, once a month, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants submit their paper to the graduate chair approximately one to two weeks before their workshop. Papers are then disseminated to all faculty and graduate students in the department for them to read and review before the meeting.
For the workshop itself, one faculty member and two graduate students are recruited to provide specific feedback. The workshop participant is usually invited to provide suggestions for panel members.
The workshop participant is given the opportunity to say a few words at the beginning of the session, and panel members then provide their feedback, with time for the participant to respond afterwards. Following this exchange, the floor is opened for questions, with graduate students receiving first priority for comments and questions.
Light snacks and beverages are provided.