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Dissertation Resources for Business & Economics

Curated by Cynthia Hillman for the Booth PhD Program

Start a Writing Group

Writing Groups can be structured to provide feedback OR they can simply be a group that provides accountability by meeting to write at a regularly scheduled time. Both formats, or a combination of the two, can be effective.

Writing groups work best when working guidelines are established from the beginning: How often will you meet? How and how often will work be submitted? What are the goals for the group (i.e. focused on dissertation writing/support, job market papers & presentations, or a mixed group of students at various stages)?

Writing Group Formats

1. The "shut up and write" format

2. The reading & responding format

While the feedback from members of your dissertation committee is crucial and a primary concern, a writing group can provide regular feedback on your work (unfinished and in progress) in an informal environment.

Booth PhD Program Office Contact Info

The University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tel: 773.702.7298