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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

Summer Graduate Writing Groups

A limited number of graduate writing groups will be in operation during the Summer 2016 semester. Please contact the Graduate Writing Specialist ( to register or for more information.

Group Logistics

All group 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 feedback system together. Many groups decide upon a format that combines workshopping members' writing and providing members time to write during the meeting. The KU Writing Center facilitator helps 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 tend to be small: 6-7 members at most.  Groups are free of charge for KU graduate students, KU staff members, and recent KU alumni who have completed Masters and PhD programs. At this time all groups are face-to-face, rather than online.

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 (based on staffing availability). 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.

Group Guidelines

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.

Participant Testimonials

"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

Meet with Us

Effective immediately, student appointments will be limited to one per day and two appointments per week. We hope to accommodate more of the writers who seek support. Thank you for your cooperation.

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