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Graduate Student Writing Groups

Whether you are just beginning writing papers for graduate courses, preparing a talk for a conference, working on your thesis, planning your prospectus, or drafting chapters of your dissertation, you need not finish these projects by yourself. Graduate students have high expectations for quality research and writing, but also need for ongoing support throughout the writing process.

Summer Writing Groups

This summer the KU Writing Center will hold a face-to-face writing group Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Anschutz 305 and an online writing group Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. via Google hangouts. For more information please email Claire McMurray at mcmurrayclaire@ku.edu.

Why join a Graduate Student Writing Groups?

Graduate Student Writing Groups provide graduate student writers with a community of writers and several complementary types of support, including;

  •    Feedback on your writing
  •    Encouragement to set and accomplish goals
  •    Resources for resolving conflict and solving problems
  •    Aid in overcoming "writer's block" and other writing challenges
  •    A sense of accountability

KU Writing Center staff help the group identify needs and organize agendas, as well as provide resources as needed. Group members provide each other with interdisciplinary writing feedback and peer support for setting goals, solving problems, and working efficiently and effectively as writer-researchers.

Writing Groups

We offer a variety of writing group options, free of charge, for KU graduate students and recent KU alum who have completed Masters and PhD programs.

Thesis/Dissertation Writers' Group

Thesis/Dissertation Writers' Groups are traditional writers' groups that allow students to meet at scheduled times to share their work. Members offer feedback and peer support for setting goals, solving problems, and working efficiently as writer-researchers.

Online Writers' Groups

Online Writers' Groups are similar to traditional writers' groups, but they are conducted online. This option is good for writers in remote areas or those who are unable to meet for regular face-to-face meetings.

Specialty Writers' Groups

This option is ideal for writers who are collaborating on special writing projects including journal articles and/or class projects, or who are from the same department.

Quick Question?

Do you have a quick writing question? Not sure how to cite a particular source? Want to double-check correct semi-colon usage?  Ask a writing consultant.

Do you have a question about the Writing Center or our services? E-mail us.

Are you a KU grad student who likes working with student writers? If so, we're looking for you! Apply to be a Graduate Writing Consultant at the KU Writing Center: http://employment.ku.edu/student/1265BR.
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