Graduate Writing Groups

Structured Writing Time for Large Projects


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.

For Fall 2020, our graduate writing groups will begin on Monday, September 21 and meet weekly through Friday, December 4. No groups will meet from November 23-27 (Thanksgiving week).

Note that while the initial deadline for being considered for a graduate writing group this fall has passed (Monday, September 14, at noon CST), if you would like to be considered for additional openings or for our waitlist, you can fill out this form.

This fall, we are offering groups at the following times:

Registered Groups
Mondays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Mondays evenings (5:00-8:00 PM)
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Wednesdays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Drop-in Group
Fridays, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
[follow this link for access to the virtual meeting space]

The Writing Center welcomes all UW-Madison graduate students to join us on Friday mornings from 9:00-12:00 to work on writing projects of any kind. Together, we will share our writing goals and accomplishments and support one another in getting a substantial amount of writing done—and ideally feel guilt-free going into the weekend!

For Fall 2020, the Friday drop-in graduate writing group will begin on Friday, September 25, and run through Friday, December 4. 

No pre-registration is required for this group. Simply visit this link by 9:00 on the Fridays that you can make it. All we ask of you is to . . .

  • Be on time and plan to stay for the entire three hours
  • Be ready to write with a laptop and any other materials you may need
  • Be prepared to share your goals and accomplishments with other group members

If you have any questions about the Friday drop-in grad writing group, please contact Angela Zito at Thanks and we hope to see you on an upcoming Friday!

General questions about writing groups? Email Jenny Conrad at