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Thesis boot camp


Drop and give me 20,000 words!

The aim of Thesis Boot Camp is for late stage PhD students to write a maximum of 20,000 words of their thesis over the course of a weekend. In addition they will learn how to battle through third-year blues, address writer’s block and overcome thesis fatigue to achieve significant progress on their theses.

Introductory sessions will include motivational talks, goal setting and strategies for writing quickly and well. Support staff will be on hand and catering will be provided to ensure an encouraging, distraction-free environment. Attendees will be required to complete pre-program planning activities and to commit to their own tangible aims for the weekend, such as completing a thesis chapter draft or similar.

Research and Graduate Studies is bringing the Thesis Boot Camp to Humanities, with programme creator Dr Peta Freestone to facilitate the event.

Date and Times

  • Friday 14 July 2017, 4.00pm – 8.30pm
  • Saturday 15 July 2017, 9.30am – 8.30pm
  • Sunday 16 July 2017, 9.30am – 8.00pm


Graduate Research Hub, Building 209, Level One, Curtin University (Bentley campus).

Please note the Hub will be closed to all other students during the running of Thesis Boot Camp.


$75 non refundable. You may be eligible a reimbursement of the fee. You can download the Consumables and Fieldwork Expense Application from the ‘Essential facilities’ section on the Graduate Research School website.



Application information

Eligibility criteria

Who can attend Thesis Boot Camp?

You are an eligible Thesis Boot Camp recruit if you are:

  • A Humanities late stage PhD student at Curtin.
  • In the final stages of completing your research degree and are ready to ‘write up’. The ultimate aim of Thesis Boot Camp is to write 20,000 words of first draft material. It is not for editing, revising, preparing presentations or grant applications etc. In other words, you must be able to identify the particular chapter or chapter(s) of your thesis that you will specifically work on as part of your Thesis Boot Camp goal.
  • Able to clearly identify how you would benefit from an intensive weekend of drafting a particular section of your thesis.
  • Willing and available to attend all sessions and to commit to the ethos of dedicated writing required at Thesis Boot Camp.
  • Able to provide details of an academic referee to support your application (E.g. your supervisor or member of your supervisory panel; a more senior colleague in your research team etc).

The event is limited to 35 participants and we may receive more applications than there are available places. Please note that due to this, we cannot guarantee participation for all eligible applicants. This also means that you should complete all sections of the application in full, with the above eligibility criteria in mind.

How to apply

To apply for a place at the Thesis Boot Camp please complete the application form and return via email to Julie Lunn.

There are 35 places available. Applicants will be selected by the Thesis Boot Camp facilitator, Dr Peta Freestone.

Applications open on 1 May 2017 and close on 26 May 2017. No late applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified if they were successful from 12 June 2017.