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Dissertation Writing Group

The Dissertation Writing Group program fosters intensive and supportive exchange across humanistic fields for those in the final stages of dissertation writing. Graduate students from a variety of humanities departments present and discuss their work in a multidisciplinary context, with participation in workshop meetings from Stanford Humanities Center internal and external faculty fellows as mentors in their areas of expertise.


Stanford graduate students from humanities departments who are engaged in the chapter-writing phase of the dissertation.

Duration and Size

Students may apply to participate during one of three quarters (autumn, winter, or spring). Participation is limited to a maximum of 10 students per quarter.


Meetings are held in the Baker Room of the Humanities Center from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesdays five times per term. Participants must agree to attend all meetings held during the quarter they will participate in the workshop.


  • Up to two participants will pre-circulate a chapter or portion of a chapter (no more than 35 pages) by Wednesday of the week preceding each meeting.
  • The group will read these chapters in advance.
  • Each chapter will receive approximately 45 minutes of structured feedback and constructive critique.
  • A portion of each meeting will be devoted to general concerns of the group.


Participants may invite advisors, committee members, and other interested parties to read pre-circulated chapters and attend the meeting at which they present.


Patricia Blessing, an art historian and staff member at the Stanford Humanities Center, will lead the group.

Refreshments will be provided in abundance.


To apply, contact Patricia Blessing, or 650-724-8106.

Questions? Contact Patricia Blessing or 650-724-8106.

Other Resources: Hume Writing Center