Friday Morning Drop-in Graduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT
Format: drop-in (attend when you’re available)
Mode: in person
Location: Helen C. White Hall, sixth floor
Facilitator: Yinka Arawomo

Do you have longer writing projects with deadlines? Do you feel stuck and need tips for moving from resistance to writing in an effective and timely manner? We will frame our opening and closing sessions to address some of these questions in our weekly themes. This group seeks to support you in your writing journey as you write with other writers sharing their struggles and strategies.

During our opening session, we will set realistic goals using our goal setting sheet or its Google Doc version and spend most of our time writing. We will then gather for the closing session to reflect and share our accomplishments. The facilitator (Yinka) will be available to support you through brief one-to-one conferences during the allotted time. Together, we can talk through your projects and help you make significant progress in your writing.

Thursday Afternoon Graduate Writing Group for Writers with Disabilities

Meeting time: 1 to 4 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week), plus drop-ins welcome if registered beforehand
Mode: online / fully virtual
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.

Thursday Afternoon Graduate Writing Group for Writers with Disabilities

Meeting time: 1 to 4 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week), plus drop-ins welcome if registered beforehand
Mode: hybrid, with both in-person and virtual participants
Location: online, and in person at the Disability Cultural Center
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.) This writing group meets in a hybrid format, with online participants joining the meeting via Zoom and in-person participants gathering at the Disability Cultural Center. 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.

Wednesday Evening Graduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week, attendance required)
Mode: online / fully virtual
Facilitator: Mariam Sedighi

This graduate writing group meets online every week via Zoom. It aims to provide a supportive community for graduate students to work on academic writing projects of any type and at any stage. The bulk of the session will be writing time (approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes). The opening and closing sessions will be dedicated to brief large- and small-group (discussion) activities at the intersection of writing and well-being. These community-building activities include goal setting and sharing, reflection on the writing process, time management, self-care, and so forth. All participants will be given access to a shared Google Doc, on which they note their weekly goals and progress. In addition, during the group’s meeting time, the facilitator (Mariam) will be available for brief one-to-one conferences with participants to help them set goals, think through their strategies, get an outsider’s perspective on their writing.

Wednesday Morning Graduate Writing Group

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

Looking for community, accountability, and sustained writing time as you tackle your work? This writing group will meet weekly on the 6th floor of Helen C. White Hall to support graduate students working on academic writing projects of any type and at any stage. We’ll start each session with a group check-in to share goals and troubleshoot any roadblocks. The majority of the session will be dedicated to individual writing time, during which participants will have the opportunity to briefly discuss their work one-on-one with the facilitator. The final minutes will be held to reflect on the day’s accomplishments and share in success with one another. Throughout the semester we’ll keep an eye towards the importance of well-being and self-care in the writing process.

Tuesday Morning Graduate Writing Group @ the MSC

Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week), plus drop-ins welcome if registered beforehand
Mode: in person
Location: Multicultural Student Center, Red Gym
Facilitator: Erika Gonzalez

This graduate writing group is intended to support students in any stage of their degree program, whether you are just starting your journey or nearing the end. The goal is to bring together students of color in community as we tackle the many writing demands of graduate school. Every week, we will work alongside one another on our various writing projects, supporting and motivating each other to achieve our writing goals. The facilitator, Erika, will be available during the meetings for individual support and to answer questions.

Monday Morning Graduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week, attendance required)
Mode: online/fully virtual
Facilitator: Opeoluwa (Stephen) Taiwo

The Monday morning graduate writing group will meet online, over Zoom. The objective is to collaborate and provide a supportive environment for graduate students in any stage of their writing process. Most of the time will be given to writing. Each week, participants will share their goals, explore strategies for effective writing, and receive peer feedback on their writing processes. In addition, there will be options to schedule brief, one-to-one conferences with the facilitator during this group’s meeting time over the course of the semester.