Graduate Student Writing Groups

Fall 2020 Groups 

Registration for fall groups is now closed.

The KU Writing Center is offering writing group sessions for graduate students this fall. They are all "accountability" groups. In accountability groups members set writing goals at the beginning of each meeting and use then the entire time to write. Each group is led by a trained writing group facilitator who is available for individual writing consultations as needed. Groups meet for 2-hour periods and include up to 12 members.

Fall 2020 writing groups will be held online via Microsoft Teams. Information about the tools that will be used for the fall writing groups will be provided for participants after registration.

All writing group participants must have in-progress writing projects to bring to meetings. Groups are open to all graduate students but tend to work best for more advanced students (third year and above) because they often have more long-term writing projects such as dissertations, journal articles, and theses. 

Spots in groups are awarded on a first come, first served basis. You may only participate in one group. After you apply for a group you will receive an email from the Writing Center letting you know if you have been given a spot or if you have been put on the group's waitlist. We highly suggest you register as soon as possible as groups are very popular. Fall 2020 groups will begin the third week of classes and run until Thanksgiving Break.

Groups will be held at the following times this fall:

Group A: Mondays 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (September 7 - November 23)

Group B: Tuesdays 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (September 8 - November 24)

Group C: Tuesdays 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (September 8 - November 24)

Group D: Thursdays 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (September 10 - November 19)

*Reminder: You may only participate in one group.

Why join a Graduate Student Writing Group?

  • A sense of accountability
  • Increased writing productivity 
  •  Encouragement to set and accomplish goals
  •  Aid in overcoming "writer's block" and other writing challenges

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 actively setting goals for each writing session.
  • 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.
  • 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

If you have any questions about the writing groups, please email KU Writing Center.


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