Carleton University’s Writing Bootcamps are jointly run by the Centre for Student Academic Success’s Writing Services and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Facilitated by a TA, the “Writing Bootcamps” are for grad students from any department/discipline seeking dedicated writing time in a structured environment. Students register for a week-long series of sessions and commit to writing, whether it’s their dissertation/thesis, journal articles, course papers, or reading summaries. These meetings are ideal for students who want to get some serious writing done in a relatively short period of time.

Please note that these workshops are provided as a special service and time spent in these workshops will not count toward TA training hours unless otherwise specified.

Fall 2017 Writing Bootcamps

Two Bootcamp sessions will run during reading week – October 23 through October 27, 2017 – in the Learning Lab (481 MacOdrum Library) in both the morning from 9:00AM – 12:30PM and the afternoon from 1:00PM – 4:30PM. Light refreshments will be provided.

We will have three silent writing blocks/units per session. Short presentations may be given at the end of two of the five sessions (more TBA). And participants can ask the Bootcamp Coordinator to discuss their writing at any point during the session.

Writing a dissertation/thesis is a very difficult task! Since you know your writing process the best, you will set your own goals. The Bootcamp will be a space for everyone to work and all participants will be asked to respect each other. Please bring headphones if you like to listen to music while writing.

Bootcamp Registration

Space is limited to a max of 20 people per session. To register, please follow the instructions below:

  • To register for the morning session, contact the Bootcamp Coordinator, Matthew Falconer, with the subject “Morning Bootcamp” in the email.
  • To register for the afternoon session, contact the Bootcamp Coordinator, Matthew Falconer, with the subject “Afternoon Bootcamp” in the email.

In your email, please explain what you are working on and what you hope to accomplish by participating in the Writing Bootcamp.

You can contact Matthew by email at

Writing Workshops

The Bootcamp Coordinator also runs additional writing workshops throughout the academic year.

The first session, “Explore your writing process”, will take place on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 from 10AM-11AM in room 481 MacOdrum Library. By participating in this session, you will:

  • identify different stages of the writing process
  • apply the concepts to your own writing style
  • develop strategies for your own writing

To register in this session, please email Matthew Falconer at

Bootcamp Coordinator

For the 2017-18 academic year, Matthew Falconer will run the Writing Bootcamps and additional writing workshops for grad students. Matthew is a PhD student in the School of Linguistics and Language Studies and is working on his dissertation. Since 2011, he has worked with hundreds of students as a tutor in Writing Services (2011-2013; 2015-16) and in the Educational Development Centre as the International TA Mentor (2016-17).

You can contact Matthew by email at

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