Graduate Student Writing Groups
Why join a Graduate Student Writing Group?
- A sense of accountability
- Increase writing productivity
- Feedback on your writing
- Encouragement to set and accomplish goals
- Aid in overcoming "writer's block" and other writing challenges
KU Writing Center staff help the group identify needs, organize agendas, choose a group structure, and provide resources as needed. Group members offer each other writing feedback and peer support for setting goals, solving problems, and working efficiently and effectively as writer-researchers. Groups are free of charge for KU graduate students, KU staff members, and recent KU alumni who have completed Masters and PhD programs.
Fall Graduate Writing Groups
Fall groups are now closed. Spots in groups will open again during the first 2 weeks of spring semester. Stayed tuned for details on how to enroll for a spot.
All groups participants meet about 2 hrs/week with other students in a group led by a trained Writing Center facilitator. Each group decides upon its own structure and schedule together. Many groups decide upon a format that combines workshopping members' writing and providing members time to write during the meeting. Groups tend to be small: 6-7 members at most. Please contact Claire McMurray (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about groups. The Writing Center can also provide a facilitator (if available) and coordinate administrative tasks if you wish to start your own group within your department.
Face-to-Face Writing Groups
Face-to-face writing groups are traditional 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. Each group is unique, choosing its own structure and method for sharing work and feedback.
Online Writing Groups
Online writing groups are similar to traditional writing groups, but they are conducted online via videoconference (Google+ Hangouts). This option is good for writers in remote areas or those who are unable to meet for regular face-to-face meetings. Each group is unique, choosing its own structure and method for sharing work and feedback.
Start Your Own Group
Have a group of friends or colleagues interested in creating a writing group but not sure where to start? The KU Writing Center can help coordinate, offer support, and even provide a trained facilitator. 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.
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