Undergraduate Writing Groups

 

Do you have a lot of writing to do this semester? Would you like encouragement and a supportive space as you navigate your writing project(s)? Join a small group of other students from across the university at relaxed meetings where you’ll have the opportunity to log dedicated writing time each week and work through challenges with a community of your peers! A Writing Center instructor will help you set goals, structure your work time, and check in about your progress each week.

We are excited to share that the Writing Center is offering two options for weekly undergraduate writing groups this spring. Led by friendly, experienced instructors, these ONLINE writing groups will provide an opportunity for sustained writing support within a community of other undergraduate student writers.

  • Tuesday Undergraduate Writing Group
    Meeting time: 4:00-5:30 PM CST
    Facilitator: Samitha Senanayake

    This group will meet weekly via Zoom. During the first part of our meetings (15 minutes), we will write down our individual writing goals and then share them with the group. During the next part of our meetings (60 minutes), we will write. While we will remain in the virtual space together, you can decide whether or not you want to keep your video on as you write. During this time, your facilitator (Samitha) will be available for optional one-to-one consultations. During the last part of our meetings (15 minutes), we will come back together to reflect on our goals and what we were able to accomplish.

  • Wednesday Undergraduate Writing Group
    Meeting time: 4:00-5:30 PM CST
    Facilitator: Mia Alafaireet

    The Wednesday Undergraduate Writing Group will serve as a supportive community for undergrads working on academic writing assignments or independent writing projects. The group is primarily a space to get words on the page, so during our weekly Zoom meetings, we’ll set concrete goals for what we want to accomplish, spend an hour writing together in our shared virtual space, and come back together to celebrate one another’s progress. Along the way, we’ll discuss strategies for working through common writing challenges like writer’s block, burnout, and time management. The group facilitator, Mia, will always be available to answer questions or offer one-to-one help with your writing during weekly meetings.

To sign up for an undergraduate writing group, please fill out this interest form. Groups will begin meeting in week 3 of the semester (starting Tuesday, February 9, and Wednesday, February 10) and run for ten weeks (ending Tuesday, April 27, and Wednesday, April 28).

If you have questions about these writing groups, please contact Mia Alafaireet at alafaireet@wisc.edu.