Virtual Thesis Retreats at Pollak Library

Stop Worrying and Start Writing!


All students writing theses, capstone projects, and dissertations are warmly invited to attend a Virtual Thesis Writing Retreat at Pollak. Accelerate your progress with personalized research and writing support from Librarian Research Consultants and Graduate Writing Consultants. Get motivated in specially-designed breakout sessions focused on the key writing and research skills CSUF students say impede their writing progress. Unwrap this gift of focused writing time in the convenience of your own home study spot. It’s your retreat—use the time your way.



  • donna whitman "Writing my Master thesis for MS Instructional Design and Technology was manageable this semester because I attended the three writing retreats. At the retreat I received support to make progress on my paper. I received powerful word search combinations from a CSUF librarian to find peer reviewed scientific articles relevant to my topic at the library. I also received valuable advice in how to synthesize the articles in my paper. And I was surrounded by other students working hard to make progress in the same breakout room. It really helped me find community to complete my thesis. Thank you!"
    - Donna Whitman, Three-Treat  Winner
  • melina wulin"During the Thesis Retreats, I addressed researching issues, writing organization, clarifying some statistical questions, and managing time. I highly recommend both undergrads and grad students take advantage of the Thesis Retreats because I could get hyper-focus on my writing during and after the sessions. I finished my work, and my writing anxiety diminished thanks to all the help and encouragement I had from the retreats. Thank you so much for offering this service."
    -Melina Wulin, Three-Treat Winner
  • sara brune"Thank you for putting on the Thesis Retreats! I appreciated having a dedicated time and space to write my MA project. I found the Retreats extremely helpful because they motivated me to accomplish small goals for each day and I was able to get quality feedback from the Writing Consultant. "
    -Sara Brune

10 AM-3 PM

Virtual Breakout Sessions via Zoom

  • Time Management for Writing Projects


10 AM-3 PM

Virtual Breakout Sessions via Zoom

  • Conventions of Writing in the Humanities
  • Writing Norms in Communications


Friday, NOV. 12
10 AM-3 PM

Virtual Breakout Session via Zoom

  • Preparing Your Manuscript for Publication in an Academic Journal
  • Using CONSORT in Randomized Controlled Studies


Benefits of Thesis Retreats 

Flexible for Busy Students

  • Students can attend part or all of any retreat.
  • Students can attend any single retreat, or all three.
  • Students can write the whole time, or attend special breakout sessions.

What Can Students Do at a Thesis Retreat?

  • Boost their research with individual assistance.
  • Improve their writing with personal guidance.
  • Create a writing group to help them meet their goals.
  • Build focus and commitment by writing in the virtual presence of others.
  • Discover writing resources at CSUF.
  • Write!

Empowering Opportunities

Pollak Librarians will help you

  • Beat writers' block
  • Explore research topics
  • Access thesis-writing resources
  • Use APA style
  • Access texts from beyond CSUF
  • And more!

Three-Treat Rules

Participate in 3 of 4 Retreats between June 18 and Nov. 12 for a chance to win Titan Shops gear. Twenty prizes will be raffled after the last retreat in November 2021.  Challenge “participation” requires completing the Goal Setting Sheet AND one other approved activity at each Retreat. 

Approved activities include:

  • 1 Appointment with Research Librarian
  • 1 Appointment with Writing Consultant
  • Participation in the Q & A portion of a Retreat workshop
  • 1 hour of writing in the CSUF Writing Café

Plus: Social Media

Follow us at @CSUFwrites on Twitter and/or Instagram and complete social media prompts for a chance to win Titan Shops prizes after each Retreat!