Summer Writing Groups

The Writing Center is offering two options for graduate writing groups this summer. Both of these are drop-in writing groups (meaning that you can attend when you’re available). Led by experienced instructors, these groups provide an opportunity for sustained writing practice within a community of other student writers.

Summer 2022 writing groups will be held either:

  • online/fully virtual; or
  • in a hybrid format, with both in-person and online/virtual attendees (you can choose your attendance mode each week)

This summer, writing groups begin meeting in the week of May 23 and continue meeting through the week of August 8.

If you would like to sign up for email notifications related to this writing group, please fill out this form:

Writing Group Interest Form

We will follow up with a welcome message that includes logistical information about this group’s meeting space(s). If you have any questions about our writing groups, please email the Writing Center.

Keep reading to find out more about our writing group lineup for this summer!

About the Graduate Writing Groups

At the Writing Center, we believe that community and accountability, along with setting achievable goals, play a significant role in completing major writing projects. Past participants in our weekly graduate writing groups have finished proposals, chapters, articles, and have even defended their dissertations! Since the Writing Center wants to help you achieve these milestones, we offer graduate students space and time each week to maximize their productivity. Each three-hour meeting begins with goal setting and ends with brief discussions about writing strategies and accomplishments. The bulk of each meeting, however, is devoted to structured writing time so that you can make substantial progress on your writing projects.

Drop-in writing groups are open to all on a weekly basis, though we encourage you to fill out our interest form. Participants are welcome to attend drop-in groups in addition to a registered group.

Please click on the title of any group below to read its full description.

Graduate Writing Groups

  • Monday Afternoon Drop-in Graduate Writing Group

    Meeting time: 2 to 5 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, room 6162, and online
    Facilitators: Gabbi K. (during the first four weeks) & Luke U. (during the last eight weeks)

    This drop-in writing group for graduate students will meet virtually and in person on Monday afternoons from 2-5pm. 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 build community 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 Drop-in Graduate Writing Group

    Meeting time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CT
    Format: drop-in (attend when you’re available)
    Mode: virtual/fully online
    Facilitator: Abby L.

    This drop-in writing group for graduate students will meet virtually Wednesday 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 online, so participants will join through Zoom.

Looking for information about academic year writing groups? Visit this page.

What people are saying about writing groups

“I took part in graduate writing groups four semesters in a row and going once a week to these groups is what kept me writing and eventually what allowed me to graduate. I loved being part of a community of writers who inspired me and kept me accountable.”

—Sandrine P., Second Language Acquisition

“Throughout my time as a grad student, writing group has been a vital space to get work done without destroying myself in the process. Beyond offering a dedicated space and time, it gave me a compassionate, endlessly inspiring group of facilitators and peers with whom I have commiserated and celebrated just about every part of the writing process, from outlining seminar papers to submitting dissertation chapters.”

—Luke U., Spanish & Portuguese

“The Writing Center writing groups provided me structure, accountability, community, all of which helped me write my prelim, dissertation proposal, a (funded) grant application, and two journal articles. In my last semester, the Tuesday morning writing group was instrumental in finishing my dissertation. I am so grateful for the support of my fellow graduate students and to the writing center staff!”

—Emma, School of Social Work

“I decided to apply for the graduate writing group this semester because I know that I write best when working while surrounded by other quiet, hard-working people. I was looking for a space and time I could dedicate to writing that could provide those requirements, and the grad writing group definitely fit the bill. I would recommend the grad writing group to anyone who is struggling to carve out a time and space for writing on any project.”

—Sarah G., Chemistry

“I used the writing group as a way to be accountable and to have a positive and supportive writing space. The writing groups helped me prepare for and tackle prelims because I had a dedicated space and time for them. Talking at the beginning with other students really helped to see that I wasn’t alone in the process, and I really enjoyed the little ‘tidbits’ of information and writing strategies we did at the beginning of sessions.”

—Kate M., Curriculum & Instruction

“I use the writing groups to incorporate accountability into my weekly writing. By checking in with colleagues at the start and end of each group meeting, I have a mechanism for recording my progress, identifying challenges, and troubleshooting difficulties.”

—Fred B., Biostatistics

“I joined the writing groups to get a fixed block of writing time every week as a dissertator. These groups help me reach my goals by “forcing” me to think about writing goals and sit down and write for 2.5 hours per week. I would recommend these groups to others because it is so hard to protect one’s writing time and writing groups have been an effective solution for me.”

—Junhao L., Risk and Insurance