The Thesis Writers Retreat

The Thesis Writers Retreat

The Thesis Writers Retreat is a three-day program which gives graduate students structured time to work on their thesis or other related writing project. Professional writing consultants, research librarians, and thesis formatters will be on hand to provide academic support on request. During structured writing time, students will have the option to attend hourly breakout sessions which will focus on topics ranging from plagiarism to literature reviews. All structured writing time will be followed by a casual presentation with free lunch. A typical day will follow the outline below:

  • 8:30-9:00: Check-in with coffee and a light breakfast
  • 9:00-1:00: Structured writing time with academic support
  • 10:00-10:30: Optional breakout session in a separate area from the retreat
  • 11:00-11:30: Optional breakout session in a separate area from the retreat
  • 12:00-1:00: Lunch with a presentation by a guest speaker or panel
  • 1:00-4:00: Optional extended writing time

We are still here to help our students in any way we can, and we will be updating this page with dates and times as we learn more about COVID guidelines for gatherings. Please return later in the semester for more information.

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Additional Writing Resources

Online Technical Communication Center

The Online Technical Communication Center (OTCC) connects students and faculty with resources to develop their oral and written communication skills in STEM. All resources are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical 4.0 International license (CC-BY-NC). Our resources are designed to be shared and modified by the public to meet your individual communication needs.The OTCC is funded by the Colorado Department of Higher Education Open Education Resources grant and the Colorado School of Mines Writing Center. 

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Graduate Student Resources

The Writing Center’s goal is to support the entire Mines community, from students to faculty to alumni. As a resource for graduate students, we work with thesis writing, journal articles, and we work with GSG to provide thesis formatting reviews. We also hold graduate writing hours separate from our standard hours to cater to graduate student needs.

Click here to learn more about our graduate student resources.

The Writing Center hosts a signature event each year known as the Thesis Writers Retreat. Exclusive to graduate students, this retreat is a chance to write with your peers, learn from breakout sessions on a variety of topics, and work with professional writing consultants to best portray your research.


Our workshops are designed to address communication and writing issues commonly encountered in STEM. We tailor each workshop for our unique student body and faculty alike.

Please click here to learn more about our workshops.

Writing Across the Curriculum Research

From 1998 until 2011, Mines engaged in an initiative to develop best practices for writing across the curriculum. Please click here to read through our results and best practices.