Thursday Afternoon Writing Group for Students with Disabilities

Meeting time: 1-3 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week), plus drop-ins welcome
Mode: online, with potential in-person meeting space available later on
Location: TBD, and online
Facilitator: Ellen Cecil-Lemkin

Co-sponsored by the McBurney Disability Resource Center, this writing group offers a supportive community of writers for anyone who identifies as having a mental health concern, Disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, and/or are affiliated with the McBurney Center. (Being affiliated with the McBurney Center is not a requirement to join this group.) During our first meeting together, we’ll establish our group’s goals and structure beyond having dedicated time for setting writing goals and writing. Additionally, during the allotted writing time, the facilitator (Ellen) will be available for brief one-to-one conferences with participants to help them think through writing strategies, set goals, brainstorm ideas, and get an outsider’s perspective on their writing. Please note that this group’s first meeting will take place in Week 4 of classes, or on Thursday, February 17.

Wednesday Evening AOF Scholars Writing Group

Meeting time: 5 to 8 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week)
Mode: hybrid, virtual participation with option to gather in our physical space
Location: Helen C. White Hall, 6th floor, and online
Facilitator: Gabbi Kelenyi

Generously funded by the College of Letters and Science and facilitated by the Writing Center, the AOF Scholars Writing Group offers a terrific opportunity for AOF Scholars from ANY UW-Madison college, department, or program to come together in community, be productive, and support one another in their writing projects, whether seminar papers, conference presentations, dissertation chapters, job market materials, or anything else. This semester, the AOF Writing Group will adopt a hybrid model, meeting in person in Helen C. White Hall (6th floor) AND via Zoom each week. During meetings, group members will share writing goals for the session, write for the majority of the time, and have the opportunity to meet with other group members to give and receive feedback. Additionally, during the allotted writing time, the facilitator (Gabbi) will be available for brief one-to-one conferences with participants to help them set goals, brainstorm ideas, get unstuck, and provide an outsider’s perspective on their writing.

Wednesday Evening Graduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 5 to 8 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week)
Mode: hybrid, virtual participation with option to gather in our physical space
Location: Helen C. White Hall, 6th floor, and online
Facilitator: Dottie Mayne

This evening graduate writing group is dedicated to providing graduate students with community, accountability, and focused writing time in the most flexible format possible: hybrid, in-person, and virtual. Each week you can decide if you’d like to meet with us in Helen C. White Hall to get some in-person contact, socialization, and peer pressure (because it can be easier to stay on task when other people who know what you’re planning to work on can see your screen). Or you can decide to join us virtually to enjoy the advantages of working wherever you want (because the food you have at home is already paid for and all your books are there too). Regardless of whether you join us in-person or virtually, each week we’ll gather in Zoom for a 15-minute opening where we’ll use a Google Doc to set and share goals and consider a writing or wellness-related prompt in groups. Then we’ll have sustained writing time, during which your facilitator, Dottie, will be available (both in person and virtually) to chat about your work. We’ll close with sharing (on our Google Doc and on Zoom) what we accomplished and consider a question to help us transition away from working and into the rest of our evening.

Friday Morning Drop-in Graduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT
Format: drop-in (attend when you’re available)
Mode: hybrid, virtual participation with option to gather in our physical space
Location: Helen C. White Hall, 6th floor, and online
Facilitator: Luke Urbain

This drop-in writing group for graduate students will meet virtually and in person on Friday mornings. Join once in anticipation of a deadline or make a habit of attending every week. We will share goals, think through strategies for building a sustainable writing practice, and commiserate during brief opening and closing sessions. The bulk of each session is reserved for dedicated writing time. Meetings will take place both in-person and online, so participants can choose to have the structure of dedicated writing space or the comfort of home.

Wednesday Morning Graduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week)
Mode: in person
Location: Helen C. White Hall, 6th floor (multiple rooms)
Facilitator: Abby Letak

The Monday graduate morning writing group will connect each week at 9 a.m. on Google Docs, where you will note your goals for your writing. At 9:05, we will convene synchronously through Zoom to chat about a discussion question related to the writing process, time management, the technology we use to accomplish our writing tasks, and other relevant topics. We may answer these questions in small groups, through the chat feature of Zoom, or in large-group discussion. Between 9:15 and 11:45, you’ll get words down in order to accomplish your writing goals, and Lisa will be available for short one-to-one conferences. At 11:45, you’ll take a moment to note your progress on our Google Doc. Our final Zoom check-in will be from 11:50 to noon. In these closing minutes we’ll troubleshoot any writing issues that you may have encountered and will celebrate your accomplishments.

Tuesday Morning Drop-in Graduate Writing Group for Second Language Writers

Meeting time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT
Format: drop-in (attend when you’re available)
Mode: hybrid, virtual participation with option to gather in our physical space
Facilitator: Dottie Mayne

This hybrid (in-person and online) drop-in graduate writing group is for graduate students for whom English is a second language. Whether you’ve been writing in English as a second language since primary school, you’ve recently started doing academic work in English, or anything in between, you will be able to find community with your peers through this group. This group aims to provide you with the most flexible options possible. As a drop-in group, you can come any week(s) the group works for you. Regardless of whether you join us in person or online, our group opening and closing sessions will take place on Zoom. Each week we’ll have a 15-minute opening where we’ll use a Google Doc to set and share goals and consider a writing or wellness-related prompt in groups. Our opening and closing sessions will be framed around weekly themes like asking for help, editing for errors with articles, and strategies for growing your vocabulary. During the writing time, your facilitator, Dottie, will be available both in person and online to chat about your work. We’ll close with sharing (on our Google Doc and on Zoom) what we accomplished and consider a question to help us transition away from working and into the rest of our day.

Monday Morning Graduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week)
Mode: online / fully virtual
Facilitator: Lisa Marvel Johnson

The Monday graduate morning writing group will connect each week at 9 a.m. on Google Docs, where you will note your goals for your writing. At 9:05, we will convene synchronously through Zoom to chat about a discussion question related to the writing process, time management, the technology we use to accomplish our writing tasks, and other relevant topics. We may answer these questions in small groups, through the chat feature of Zoom, or in large-group discussion. Between 9:15 and 11:45, you’ll get words down in order to accomplish your writing goals, and Lisa will be available for short one-to-one conferences. At 11:45, you’ll take a moment to note your progress on our Google Doc. Our final Zoom check-in will be from 11:50 to noon. In these closing minutes we’ll troubleshoot any writing issues that you may have encountered and will celebrate your accomplishments.