Thesis Writing Retreat: What is it?

Formerly known as Thesis Boot Camp, Thesis Writing Retreat is a multi-day workshop that provides current SFU graduate students with the opportunity to spend three days dedicated to making serious progress on their thesis or other writing project. The workshop provides a comfortable and quiet working environment, writing and research support, snacks and lunches, learning sessions focused on thesis-related topics, community and motivation in that final push towards the completion of their writing.

Registration and cost

The next Thesis Writing Retreat will take place 8:30am to 5:00pm on Tuesday, June 11th, Wednesday, June 12th, and Thursday, June 13th at SFU Surrey. Register now

Thesis Writing Retreat is limited to 25-30 registrants, on a first come-first served basis. Priority for spaces will go to those who have NOT attended the retreat in the past.  If you are a returning participant, please fill out the registration form and indicate that you have previously attended. This will place you on a wait list. If spots remain after newcomers have registered, you will be contacted.

Cost: Free to attend - however, there is a $25 no-show fee for registrants who don't notify us of their wish to cancel. You will be asked to agree to our Cancellation Policy before completing registration.

Who should attend?

Thesis Writing Retreat targets current SFU graduate students at both the PhD and Masters level, who are currently writing their thesis / dissertation or other writing intensive project  Participants will benefit from the structured time, space, professional advising, and peer support of the program.

Services and supports during the Thesis Writing Retreat

Writing facilitators, liaison librarians, the Assistant for Theses, and other special guests will be on hand to provide assistance at the point of need.


The location of Thesis Writing Retreat varies. Current SFU graduate students from all SFU campuses are welcome to participate.


Please contact with questions regarding the Thesis Writing Retreat.