Writing Camps

The writing camps offer graduate students an opportunity to devote time to the writing process within a supportive, organized venue. These camps offer quiet time and space to make significant progress on your thesis or dissertation. During the camps, students will also develop goal-setting skills, share writing resources with others, develop sustainable writing habits, and create a sense of community and accountability.

The writing camps will not cover writing rules or conventions, or provide individual feedback on writing samples. For help with your writing, please schedule an individual appointment by emailing unmgrc@unm.edu. We also facilitate support groups to complement the writing camp experience and help you continue on a path of progress.

*This Fall we are also hosting a special writing retreat with the Sevilleta Field Station.  If you are interested in signing up, please respond on the form, and we will follow up with specific instructions.  Space is limited, and priority will be given to Biology and related Life/Earth Sciences graduate students!

Fall 2022 Schedule

Semester Writing Camps Schedule
MonthWeekend
Sept. 10-11Weekend
Sept. 19-23Weeklong
Oct. 15-16Retreat*
Oct. 31-Nov. 4Weeklong
Nov. 12-13Weekend
Nov. 28-Dec. 2Weeklong
Dec. 10-11Weekend

The Weekend writing camps are hosted online via Zoom, while Weeklong writing camps will be both online and held at the Graduate Support common room. To learn how to join Zoom meetings, please view this guide.

Interested in Registering?

Complete this Writing Camp Registration Form

Writing Camp Agenda

Weeklong & Weekend hours

  • Check-in & Goal-setting: 8:45 - 9:00 am
  • Dedicated writing time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Dedicated writing time: 1:00 -  4:00 pm
  • Reflection & Close: 4:00 - 4:15 pm

Morning Sprint hours

  • Check-in: 9:00 - 9:15 am
  • Dedicated writing time: 9:15 - 10:45 am
  • Close: 10:45 - 11:00 am  

First-Time Participants

Please email unmgrc@unm.edu to schedule a 15-minute pre-camp consultation.

The purpose of this consultation is to review your writing project and writing camp expectations. You are only required to schedule this consultation before your first writing camp.

Returning Participants

Students who have previously attended writing camps may register to attend any and all writing camps.

Preparing for a Writing Camp

The writing camp is time and space to make progress writing your thesis or dissertation. It is important that you complete any pre-writing before attending camp. This will allow you to focus on progress. Pre-writing includes necessary reading, note-taking, and outlining.

All writing camp participants are encouraged to disconnect from email, social media, and other distractions while at camp. Make any necessary arrangements to allow yourself time to focus on your writing.

We expect participants to be committed to their individual goals and accountable to the writing camp community. If you are unable to attend the session for which you have registered, or need flexibility with your schedule, please notify the writing camp facilitator ahead of time.