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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.

Fall Writing Groups

Fall groups will begin the week of Sept. 2.The Writing Center will continue an online and a face-to-face group begun this summer; information on dates/times coming soon. On Oct. 27 a new group will also begin. (Please note that members must be present on the first day each group meets). All groups are run by graduate writing consultants who are trained as writing group facilitators. If interested in any of these options and for more information please email Claire McMurray at mcmurrayclaire@ku.edu

Writing Groups Information Session

Interested in learning more about group options, how groups work, or how to start your own group? Attend an informational session on Thursday, Sept. 25, 12-1pm in Anschutz 421.

Why join a Graduate Student Writing Group?

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, organize agendas, choose a group structure, and 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, KU staff members, and recent KU alum who have completed Masters and PhD programs.

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.

Participant Testimonials

"It held me accountable for completing my writing tasks each week. Keeping focused on writing while still doing benchwork to collect data can be quite difficult." - Student in Molecular Biosciences

"Most of all, I found the feedback from other group members helpful on my written work, their comments and suggestions." - Student in Political Science

"I found the group very helpful. It lights a fire under you to get things done." - Student in Philosophy

"I greatly appreciated hearing about the experiences of other graduate students in their struggle to get feedback from their advisors, schedule time with faculty members, etc. because I realized I am not the only doc student struggling with such issues." - Student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

"Writing groups are a very good way to stay focused, build camaraderie, and gain insight that can be helpful in the writing process." - Student in Educational Psychology and Research


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.

Happy first day of classes! We look forward to seeing you at the KU Writing Center this semester.


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