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.

    Summer 2020 Groups

    Here is the schedule for our summer 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.

    • May 30
    • June 13
    • June 27
    • July 11
    • July 25
    • August 8

    Group 2

    Meets at 8:30 p.m. EST on Mondays every two weeks.

    • June 1
    • June 15
    • June 29t
    • July 13
    • July 27
    • August 10

    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.


    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.