Graduate Student Writing Groups
Why join a Graduate Student Writing Group?
- A sense of accountability
- Increased writing productivity
- Feedback on your writing
- Encouragement to set and accomplish goals
- Aid in overcoming "writer's block" and other writing challenges
Fall Graduate Writing Groups: (Please note that all groups except the Wed. accountability group are now closed for Fall 2016)
The Writing Center is offering the following groups in fall 2016. All groups are now full and closed to new members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be put on a list of "interested students" for spring 2017 groups.
Groups are either "feedback" groups (members exchange drafts and give each other feedback) or "accountability" groups (members set goals and use the entire time to write). Each group is led by a trained writing group facilitator.
Humanities writing group (Mondays, 3-5pm, Anschutz 421): a feedback group for students in humanities fields.
Social sciences writing group (Thursdays, 3-5pm, Anschutz 421): a feedback group for students in social sciences fields.
Sciences writing group (Tuesdays, 2-4pm, Anschutz 438): a feedback group for students in sciences fields.
Multilingual writing group (Wednesdays, 12-2pm, Anschutz 421 or Fridays, 2-4pm, Anschutz 421): a feedback group specifically for international and/or multilingual students wishing to who want to exchange drafts of their writing projects.
Publishing journal articles group (Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Anschutz 421): a feedback group for students wishing to work on drafts of articles for publication.
Accountability group (Tuesdays, 12-2pm, Anschutz 421 or Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm, Anschutz 421): a group that provides students with time to write and helps them set and reach their writing goals. The group's facilitator will also be available to offer writing help and occasional one-on-one writing consultations as needed.
When participating in a group led by the KU Writing Center we ask that you:
- Make an engaged commitment to the group: join with the intention of showing up every time (barring travel or illness) and providing feedback to others in the group.
- Let your group and facilitator know whenever you must be absent, as far in advance as possible.
- Respect the guidelines, structure, and schedule created by your group.
- Treat others in your group with respect and give only constructive feedback.
- Let your group members and facilitator know if you decide you can no longer participate.
- Let your facilitator know if you have any troubles or concerns with your group so that we can help.
- Fill out a survey whenever you finish participating in a group. This allows us to continue to improve our writing groups program.
- Agree to maintain confidentiality pertaining to all materials and conversations during writing group meetings.
"Writing is an arduous yet rewarding process. Sometimes people need a little motivation and support in order to get the ball rolling. The facilitators are able to zero in on certain issues and make things like 'comma usage' not so scary." - Student in Special Education
"The most helpful aspect of participation in the writing group was accountability, set time to work, and other people who understand the process and the difficulties." - Student in American Studies
"It is useful to receive critical feedback and to learn from others." - Student in Geology
Note: Graduate writing groups are sponsored by the KU Writing Center and the Office of Graduate Studies. They are, therefore, state and tuition funded rather than funded by student fees. Groups are offered free of charge to KU graduate students.