Wednesday Afternoon Undergraduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 4 to 5:30 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week)
Mode: in person
Location: Multicultural Student Center, Red Gym
Facilitator: Chris Kelly

It’s time we all came out and said it. We don’t like writing. It’s hard, often unrewarding, and worst of all, lonely. If you’re looking for a community and setting that understands this, that is willing to share frustrations as often as it is willing to share victories and offer support, this group is for you. This writing group offers a weekly time and space for you to get writing done in the company of a community of fellow undergraduate students. You can choose to work on an extended project such as an undergraduate thesis, on your weekly course assignments, or any kind of writing you’d like. Our time each week will be divided as follows:

First 15 minutes: sharing goals and frustrations
One hour: getting writing done (while also struggling because of course it’s a struggle)
Last 15 minutes: celebrating each other’s victories over writing

The facilitator, Chris, will be available throughout the writing time to talk with you about what you are working on, to answer any questions and, most importantly, to listen about any problems you might be encountering with this work. So, in the writing group you will always have a writing center instructor on hand to discuss your writing every week without having to make an appointment! We hope you’ll consider joining us, and we look forward to supporting you and your writing!

Tuesday Afternoon Undergraduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 4 to 5:30 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week)
Mode: online/fully virtual
Facilitator: Samitha Senanayake

Are you looking for a chance to get writing done in a supportive setting with fellow undergrads? This group will help you carve out one hour of structured time in your week for writing, and also give you a chance to talk to fellow undergraduates about writing questions, struggles, and strategies for overcoming them. You can choose to work on an extended project such as an undergraduate thesis, on your weekly course assignments, or any kind of writing you’d like. Our time each week will be divided as follows: 

First 15 minutes: sharing goals
One hour: getting writing done
Last 15 minutes: celebrating what everyone got done that day!

The facilitator, Samitha, will be available throughout the writing time for 15 minute individual consults, to brainstorm ideas for a paper, answer a quick question about citation, discuss available writing center resources or any other question about writing you might have. We hope you’ll consider joining us online, and we look forward to supporting you and your writing!

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.