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Writing your thesis in 15 weeks (Term 1, Week 1)

January 17 @ 14:00 - 15:00 AEDT



A 15-week program aimed at:

  • Setting you up for writing success (think grants and journal articles, not just your thesis)
  • Knowing why you do (or don’t like to write)
  • Doing something about your writing “issues”
  • Progress tracking
  • Content review

The intensive will give you:

  • someone to keep you on track
  • a kick up the arse if/when you fall behind
  • peers to share the process and experience with
  • A real (or virtual) celebratory drink

You’ll have a group to work with, as well as me.

What you’ll bring:

  • a positive attitude; and
  • a sound work ethic.

In 2022 there will be two terms, starting on:

  • 17 Jan (ending 25 Apr)
  • 2 May (ending 15 Aug)


What is covered?

Each week (Mondays from 2pm to 3pm via zoom):

  • we do a check-in;
  • there’s a “lesson”;
  • we look at someone’s writing (together and on your own); and
  • then open discussion/review of your PhD.

Lesson topics vary, but you can expect:

  1. Setting up – how your writing station looks, feels, behaves. Your plan and process from where you are now to where you want to be in 15 weeks (i.e. submission)
  2. What is your argument? – the main point in your thesis.
  3. Writing your abstract – a tool we can use to help set the scope/boundary of your thesis.
  4. Thesis Structure – sections. headings. order.
  5. Using Microsoft suite to write your thesis – some of the tips and tricks that will make writing and collating easier.
  6. How others write – building your writing skill set by using others’.
  7. Building resilience as a researcher – knowing you’ll face challenges, we create a plan for responding.
  8. Seven Slide Presentation – kind of like a three minute thesis, but longer.
  9. Refining your citations – have you covered the key researchers? Are you biased?
  10. Submitting your thesis – what’s required to submit.
  11. Having tough conversations with your supervisor – about your thesis, or your career, or both.
  12. Talking to your supervisor about your thesis (Managing up) – how to get them to review your thesis as and when you want.
  13. Staying focused on your PhD – sometimes it is easy to find distractions. We look at ways you can avoid these problems.
  14. Reviewing your thesis drafts – reviewing a thesis is tough. And, let’s be honest, a bit boring. So, we look at who you can get to help. And how you can make it easier for them (and therefore easier for you).
  15. What happens after you submit? – looking for work. Planning your next steps and making them happen.



  • Richard has been a wonderful mentor during the last stage of my PhD and provided very helpful advice on the process of securing a postdoc. Phuong Hua, PhD student, Monash University
  • Thanks for the workshop the other day, I gained some useful perspective from it. PhD student
  • Thank you for your help so far, the planning has already been super helpful in getting started and I am sure it will help me in the long run! Stephanie Lynch, PhD Student, La Trobe University


January 17
14:00 - 15:00 AEDT
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Zoom (video conference)
Victoria Australia