Wednesday Afternoon Graduate Writing Group @ the MSC

Meeting time: 1 to 4 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week)
Mode: in person
Location: Multicultural Student Center classroom (Room 243), Red Gym
Facilitator: Noreen Siddiqui

This writing group offers a supportive community of writers for anyone who identifies as a person of color and/or is affiliated with the MSC. (Being affiliated with the MSC 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. After we work alongside each other for nearly three hours, we will wrap up the session with reflection (and celebration) of what we accomplished. This group is open for all writing disciplines at all stages. We look forward to supporting you!

Monday Morning Graduate Writing Group

Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT
Format: registered (same attendees each week, attendance required)
Mode: a hybrid format, with both in-person and online/virtual participation possible (you can choose your attendance mode each week)
Location: Helen C. White Hall, 6th floor (multiple rooms) and online
Facilitator: Angela Zito

This graduate writing group will meet in a hybrid format, with virtual participants joining the meeting via Zoom and in-person participants convening on the 6th floor of Helen C. White Hall. Attendees can choose how to participate on a weekly basis. Synchronous opening and closing sessions will include both large- and small-group discussions. All participants will be given access to a shared goal-setting document. 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. 

Tuesday 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 (multiple rooms)
Facilitator: Samitha Senanayake

This graduate writing group is dedicated to fostering a supportive environment for graduate students to work on academic writing projects of any type and at any stage. Each week we will meet in person, convening on the 6th floor of Helen C. White Hall. This will be a regular, consistent place in the week for us to get writing done. The bulk of the session will be writing time (approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes). The facilitator, Samitha, will be available to chat about your work one-to-one. The opening and closing sessions will be for goal setting and reflecting on the progress we made during the session, respectively. We will also use these opening and closing sessions to think about how the skills of noticing (what the process of writing makes us feel) and habits of grounding, meditation, and compassion for ourselves and others might shape our writing process.

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 (multiple rooms)
Facilitator: Abby Letak

This graduate writing group is dedicated to fostering a supportive environment for graduate students to work on academic writing projects of any type and at any stage. Sick of Zoom and looking for some weekly accountability? Each week we will meet in person, convening on the 6th floor of Helen C. White Hall. With a focus on the intersection of writing and wellness, we will open each session by setting and sharing writing goals as well as discussing and reflecting on the ongoing role that stress, guilt, boundaries, and self-care play in the writing process. We will then have sustained writing time for the bulk of the session, during which the facilitator, Abby, will be available to chat about your work one-to-one. We will close by sharing our progress and reflecting on the session.

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: a hybrid format, with both in-person and online/virtual participation possible (you can choose your attendance mode each week)
Location: Helen C. White Hall, 6th floor, and online
Facilitator: Sarah Olson

The Friday morning graduate writing group will meet in a hybrid format, with virtual participants joining the meeting via Zoom and in-person participants convening on the 6th floor of Helen C. White Hall. Attendees can choose how to participate on a weekly basis. Our synchronous opening and closing sessions each week will include both large- and small-group discussions of daily writing goals and topics related to the writing process. All participants will be given access to a shared goal-setting document. Sarah will also be available for brief one-to-one conferences during this group’s meeting time over the course of the semester. We can’t wait to work with you!

Thursday 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: 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 us together in community as we tackle the many writing demands of graduate school. Every week, we work alongside one another on our various writing projects, supporting and motivating each other to achieve our writing goals. Last semester, group members drafted seminar papers, put together fellowship applications, finished dissertation chapters, developed job materials, and more! The facilitator, Erika, will also be available during the meetings for individual consultations.

Thursday Morning Drop-in Graduate Writing Group for Multilingual Writers

Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT
Format: drop-in (attend when you’re available)
Mode: a hybrid format, with both in-person and online/virtual participation possible (you can choose your attendance mode each week)
Facilitator: Nattaporn Luangpipat

Our hybrid (in-person and online) drop-in graduate writing group provides a supportive community for graduate students who write in multiple languages, including English as a second, third, or fourth language. We start each week with goal setting, and during the scheduled writing hours, your facilitator, Nat, will be available both in person and online for one-on-one conferences. We also share strategies to handle those linguistic and cultural transitions as well as writing tips during the session. After we work alongside each other for nearly three hours, we wrap up the session with reflection (and celebration) of what we accomplish. This group is open for all writing disciplines at all stages. We look forward to supporting you!

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.