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The UWC offers workshops throughout the academic year on a variety of topics. Our workshops are free for all UT Austin graduate students.

If you’re not familiar with UWC workshops, please read about our workshops and policies below.  You can also find a list of  upcoming and past workshops.

If you know which workshop(s) you would like to attend, please register by clicking the link for the appropriate workshop in the Upcoming Workshops section.

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Upcoming Workshops

Getting Unstuck: Support for Stalled Dissertators

Thursday, April 13th 2-4pm, PCL Learning Lab 2

It’s not uncommon for ABD graduate students to hit a lull where they’re not making progress on the dissertation. For some, it’s a brief moment of writer’s block or a tendency to procrastinate that’s become unmanageable. For others, it might be a complete stall due to personal and/or institutional roadblocks, such as a lack of funding, a lack of effective mentorship, or a significant change in personal circumstances.

This workshop is intended to help graduate writers diagnose any stalling that may be happening and explore what they need to get unstuck, whether that be better time management or more regular, clearer communication with advisors. We will also identify the various individuals and resources in the writer’s life (such as colleagues, the UWC, or the CHMC) they can ask for support, and then each writer will develop an action plan for moving forward.

*Please note: the UWC is dedicated to supporting graduate writers, and our focus is on the processes, habits, and practices around writing that get you closer to a finished dissertation. The workshop therefore cannot be content or discipline specific. Moreover, while we will discuss broader, university-wide programming and policies, we recommend that you first seek out information and clarification on problems from your program coordinators and departmental advisors.

About Workshops

UWC graduate writing workshops are typically one- to two-hour instructional sessions led by UWC consultants and university faculty. These workshops are often interactive, and attendees are encouraged to bring in their writing and other materials for project management. Workshops are usually presented in-person, but attendance via Zoom is welcome. Recorded workshops are now available to view on our UWC Grad Services YouTube Channel. If you attend a workshop and would like to have a copy of the presentation, please email us at

Workshop Policies

If possible, please register online for workshops that you’re interested in attending. However, drop-ins for in-person workshops are also welcome. For online workshops, we require registration in advance so we can send you the information to connect to the online meeting.

Recorded Workshops

You can watch many of our workshops on the UWC Grad Services Youtube channel. We have long form workshops on topics like “Crafting a Research Story,” and the challenges of dissertation writing, as well as shorter videos on graduate-level writing strategies. See below for a few examples.