Writing Groups

  • The Jones White Writing Center is pleased offer Graduate Writing Groups for thesis and dissertation writers (at any stage). Our groups meet regularly during the academic year and summer months. Our writing groups will provide graduate students with a supportive environment that will help make progress on your writing.

    Research demonstrates that graduate students who take part in writing groups are more productive writers and have higher self-efficacy and confidence as writers (Ekstein et. al. 2017; Simpson, 2012; Mannon, 2016).

    Our Graduate Writing Groups will meet online and include the following features:

    • Goal setting and regular check-ins with group members to help you stay on track
    • Feedback from peers and tutors on your writing
    • Short presentations on key aspects of thesis/dissertation writing including goal setting, time management, self-editing strategies, revision, handling feedback, and work/life balance
    • Small group supportive environment

    The groups are led by an advanced graduate tutor who is nearing the end of their own dissertation writing process.

    Fall 2020 Groups

    Here is the schedule for our fall groups.  Groups will meet every two weeks for 75 minutes via Zoom. 

    Group 1

    Meets at 11:00 a.m. EST on Saturdays every two weeks.

    • September 19
    • October 3
    • October 17
    • October 31
    • November 14
    • November 28

    Group 2

    Meets at 8:00 p.m. EST on Mondays every two weeks.

    • September 21
    • October 5
    • October 19
    • November 2
    • November 16
    • November 30

    Sign up for our groups by filling out this short form. Groups are first-come, first served. We ask that you commit to attending at least five sessions of the six offered for your group. We plan on running more Graduate Writing Groups in the spring 2021 term and make this a regular service that we offer.


    Eckstein, G., Evans, K., Moglen, D., & Whitener, W. (2017). Graduate writing groups: an interdisciplinary approach to writing productivity. Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, 5(1), 1-11.

    Havert, M. L. (2018). Building Boot Camp Success. Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community through Collaboration, 49.

    Mannon, B. O. (2016). What Do Graduate Students Want From The Writing Center? Tutoring Practices To Support Dissertations and Thesis Writers. Praxis: A Writing Center Journal.

    Simpson, S. (2012). The problem of graduate-level writing support: Building a cross-campus graduate writing initiative. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 36(1), 95-118.