Thesis Support

The Writing Workshop offers a variety of resources for Wesleyan seniors working on a thesis, regardless of topic or department. In an effort to add to the support available for thesis writers, we have expanded our events and programs. All services are, of course, free. We look forward to working with you!

 

Writing Workshop Programs

Thesis Writers Slack

Join our events remotely, find a community, exchange drafts, and share tips and resources all in our dedicated Slack! With the pandemic adding even more stress to your year, don't let the thesis process become more difficult or lonely than it needs to be. Join the Slack via this link and come say hello!

 

Thesis Mentor Program

"I was so grateful to have a thesis mentor to help give me some perspective on my thesis, tell me when my ideas needed more clarity, and provide necessary proofreading.  The free editing alone is reason enough not to miss out on this opportunity.  You will never get a chance to have this service outside of Wesleyan- take advantage of it while you can!"

-Elizabeth Trammell '10
High Honors from Russian Studies and Government, nominated for University Honors

 

Each spring the Writing Workshop offers a thesis mentoring program in which thesis writers are paired with trained mentors. Each mentor is a junior or senior student who is a veteran writing tutor. Thesis writers and their mentors meet weekly. Mentors can offer writing advice, assist with time management, and help plan or revise thesis chapters. Students paired with a thesis mentor are expected to meet with their mentor at least twice a month (and ideally on a weekly basis) for approximately one hour.

The applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now closed. If you applied for a mentor, check your email for more information by the end of January. If we are not able to pair you with a thesis mentor, we encourage you to schedule regular appointments at the Writing Workshop.

 

Weekly Write-Ins

Write your thesis in only two hours a week! It’s true. These low-stakes meetings are a great way to build accountability, consistency, and community during the thesis writing process. Write in community with other thesis writers, and find some connection during a lonely semester. Join via the Zoom link shared weekly in our Thesis Writers Slack.

  • Sundays 10am-12pm EST via Zoom or in Shapiro Center
  • Wednesdays 8pm-10pm EST via Zoom or in Shapiro Center

Each Wednesday throughout the spring, we invite different groups of writers to come find a community. You'll have the opportunity to break out into small discussions or just to get work done with some familiar faces. Anyone is welcome at any write-in, but we especially invite you for these focuses:

  • February 10: HA theses
  • February 17: NSM theses
  • February 24: SBS thesis
  • March 3: Multilingual writers
  • March 10: FGLI writers
  • March 17: Ethnographic theses
  • March 31: Creative writing
  • April 7: The final touches
  • April 14: Anti-panic zone!

 

Thesis Writers Retreats

Thesis Writers Retreats are free workshops offered by the Writing Workshop. These half-day and all-day workshops provide a space for senior thesis writers to do focused work on their projects. With goal-setting discussions, timed writing sessions, designated breaks, workshops, and tutor-writer consultations, seniors will be able to make progress on their projects alongside fellow thesis writers and with the help of trained writing tutors. The Writing Workshop holds four retreats: one in October, another in November, the third right after Winter Break, and the last during Spring Break. Also join remotely via the Thesis Writers Slack.

  • Sunday, April 18 from 1-4pm (Come and go as you please!) at Shapiro or via Zoom. Be one of the first 5 to fill out our mandatory RSVP and we'll treat you to a free coffee/smoothie that afternoon!

 

 

Resources for Thesis Writers 

As you plan your project:

 

Having trouble getting started?

 

Strategies for tackling big projects:

  • Mindfulness - Prioritize your body and emotions with some of these ways of incorporating mindfulness into your writing process.
  • The Must-Do Method - Get your priorities straight with these quick steps.
  • Pomodoro Technique - Stop that overwhelmed feeling from taking over by dividing your time and interspersing breaks.
  • Batchotasking - Monotasking and batching are a great team.
  • Lists and project management - Which type of list is right for you?

 

Citations and note-taking software:

  • Zotero - Organize your resources and get citations instantly.
  • Endnote - See how to download for free through Wesleyan!
  • Evernote - Save all sorts of web sources and also make to-do lists.

 

The basics of citations and style:

 

To hear about other writers' projects:

 

Check out some words of wisdom from past thesis writers:

(Find more advice scattered through the guides on this page!)

During drop-add, consider adding a course that’s tangentially related to your thesis topic. It can help you look at your thesis through a different lens, and you might find some fantastic sources you can use in your thesis.
-Former thesis writer, class of 2018

 

I wrote my thesis in Anthropology and German Studies. A significant portion of it was ethnographic. In the humanities, as well as the more qualitative social studies fields like anthropology, the thinking that you do happens through writing, not beforehand. A lot of people spend a large portion of their thesis year planning what they are going to write about. My strategy was just to keep writing, and it was through the process of writing that I finally landed on what ended up being my central argument in my thesis.

-Anna Apostolidis, class of 2019, Anthropology & German Studies

 

If conducting an experiment, take advantage of any time you spend waiting to do writing. Write what you can when you can. While waiting on IRB approval, I wrote my introduction and methods. When I got my data, I just had to write results and a discussion. My thesis was done about a month early!

-Katie Vasquez, class of 2020, High Honors in Psychology