Writing Groups

The Writing Center is offering several options for weekly graduate and undergraduate writing groups this semester, including registered writing groups that require regular attendance, and drop-in writing groups (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. Fall 2023 writing groups take place in one of the following modes:

  • in person
  • online/fully virtual
  • a hybrid format, with online/virtual facilitation, plus an option to gather in person if you would like a physical space in which to write

Undergraduates can choose between three registered (attendance-required) groups and are welcome to join at any point during the semester. Graduate students may choose from (a) registered writing groups that require regular attendance and (b) drop-in writing groups (attend when you’re available). At this time, you may join only one registered writing group. You are also welcome to participate in our drop-in writing group, regardless of whether you are enrolled in a registered group.

Fall writing groups begin meeting in Week 4 of the semester (the week of Sept. 25–29, 2023) and continue meeting through Week 14 (the week of Dec. 4–8, 2023). During the week leading up to Thanksgiving, groups will meet on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 20–21, 2023). No groups will meet on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of Thanksgiving week (Nov. 23–25, 2023).

To express interest in joining this writing group, please fill out this form:

Writing Group Interest Form

To receive priority consideration for a Fall 2023 writing group, please complete this interest form no later than Friday, September 15, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Forms received after this date will be considered for additional openings or for our waitlist.

We will notify you about your writing group assignment by Friday, September 22. Your facilitator will follow up with a welcome message that includes information about your group’s plan for meeting. In the meantime, if you have any questions about our writing groups, please email Jenny Conrad, Writing Groups Coordinator.

The Writing Center is offering several options for weekly graduate and undergraduate writing groups this spring, including registered writing groups that require regular attendance, and drop-in writing groups (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. Spring 2024 writing groups take place in one of the following modes:

  • in person
  • online/fully virtual

Graduate students may choose from (a) registered writing groups that require regular attendance and (b) drop-in writing groups (attend when you’re available). At this time, you may join only one registered writing group. You are also welcome to participate in our drop-in writing group, regardless of whether you are enrolled in a registered group. Undergraduates can attend an online writing group on Thursday evenings.

Spring writing groups begin meeting in Week 3 of the semester (the week of Feb. 5–9, 2024) and continue meeting through Week 15 (the week of Apr. 29–May 3, 2024). No groups will meet during spring break (March 23–31, 2024).

To express interest in joining a Spring 2024 writing group, please fill out this form:

Writing Group Interest Form

To receive priority consideration for a Spring 2024 writing group, please complete this interest form no later than Sunday, January 28, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Forms received after this date will be considered for additional openings or for our waitlist.

We will notify you about your writing group assignment by Thursday, February 1. Your facilitator will then follow up with a welcome message that includes information about your group’s plan for meeting. In the meantime, if you have any questions about our writing groups, please email Jenny Conrad, Writing Groups Coordinator.

About the 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 the following options for weekly undergraduate writing groups this spring. Led by friendly, experienced instructors, these writing groups will provide an opportunity for sustained writing support within a community of other undergraduate student writers. In each week’s writing group meeting, you’ll have plenty of time to work independently on your writing assignments or course projects.

  • Thursday Evening Undergraduate Writing Group

    Meeting time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. CT
    Format: registered (same attendees each week), plus drop-ins welcome
    Mode: online / fully virtual
    Facilitator: Sydney Goggins

    This online undergraduate Writing Group provides you with a supportive environment to get your writing done along with fellow undergrads. You can choose to work on your weekly course assignments, application essays, an undergraduate thesis, or any kind of writing you’d like. Each Thursday evening, we’ll meet together on Zoom to establish our writing goals on a shared Google Doc (15 minutes), and then spend the majority of the time writing (one hour). At the end, we will talk about what we accomplished and our goals for the rest of the week (15 minutes). During the meeting, your facilitator (Sydney) will be available to talk with you about what you are working on, help you set goals and brainstorm ideas, and answer any writing questions you might have. 

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, although we encourage you to fill out our interest form so that you can receive up-to-date information from your facilitator. Participants are welcome to attend drop-in groups in addition to signing up for a registered group.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

About the 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 the following options for weekly undergraduate writing groups this spring. Led by friendly, experienced instructors, these writing groups will provide an opportunity for sustained writing support within a community of other undergraduate student writers. In each week’s writing group meeting, you’ll have plenty of time to work independently on your writing assignments or course projects.

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, although we encourage you to fill out our interest form so that you can receive up-to-date information from your facilitator. Participants are welcome to attend drop-in groups in addition to signing up for a registered group.

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