Whether you’re working on your dissertation, proposal, a journal article, or an assignment for class, writing groups are a great way to set aside devoted time to make progress towards your goals!
CEGSS organizes a few groups each semester, organized by Dani Crain. If you are interested in joining a writing group, email her first at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the schedule.
Signing up for Writing Group(s)
You are encouraged to join as many writing groups as you think you need. Find what fits your schedule and writing demands. We keep these groups small (less than 5 people), to decrease distractions and increase accountability. We intentionally don’t post the locations to encourage you to schedule with Dani so that she can not only get you on that group’s calendar, but keep you posted about group going-ons.
Keeping up to Date
We use Outlook calendar to communicate with each group. You can easily remove yourself from the group if you are unable to attend (we get it- sometimes research takes longer than expected or your PI reminded you of “that thing” you were supposed to do, like, yesterday). These groups are not meant to be stressful. That being said, we want to know if nobody is coming so we can cancel and respect everyone’s time. We will send out an alert via the calendar to inform members if and why the group is canceled. This doesn’t happen very frequently, though. You may also be notified via the calendar if the time needs to be adjusted, the room changes, if the lead is unable to attend, etc.
During Writing Group
Writing groups meet for 2 hours each, broken up into two 50-minute chunks. The first 5-10 minutes are spent going over session goals, then we write, break for 10 minutes or so, write some more, then we’re outta there!
The times listed below are times for established writing groups. If you are interested in joining one of these groups, or even if you are interested but don’t see a time that works for you, email Dani Crain (email@example.com) to be added. Thank you and we look forward to seeing your writing make great progress!
Monday – Thursday 10am-12pm
References/ Helpful Materials
- “How to Write a Lot” by Paul J. Siliva, ISBN 978-1591477433
- “Writing your Journal Article in 12 Weeks” by Wendy Laura Belcher, ISBN 978-1412957014
- “Writing Science in Plain English” by Anne E. Greene, ISBN 978-0226026374
- “How to Write Your First Research Paper” by Elena D. Kallestinova, PMCID: PMC3178846