Graduate Writing Groups

The best writers know that writing is a social activity. By facilitating writing groups, the UWC creates communities of academic writers who provide accountability, encouragement and feedback to each other.

Writing Groups Return Fall 2017

Beginning in September 2017, the UWC will offer two kinds of weekly groups led by our consultants: Quiet Writing (10 minutes of accountability check-ins, 50 minutes of writing) and Peer Workshop (peer review of short drafts). Groups meet for 4 weeks, and members are required to attend all 4 sessions.

Group availability is limited, and online registration is first-come, first-serve. Meeting times, locations, and sign-up links for September group sessions will be posted on our web site by August 21.

All UWC writing groups are interdisciplinary and open to current UT students at any stage of graduate study. If you are interested in starting your own writing group outside of the UWC, please refer to our guide, “Starting a Writing Group,” and contact for additional support.


  • Groups meet in four-week cycles.
  • Since the purpose of a writing group is to provide consistent support and accountability, we ask that writers commit to attending weekly meetings for the full seven weeks. If you need to miss a meeting, please email your fellow group members in advance. Writers who repeatedly arrive over 10 minutes late, or who miss more than 2 meetings, will be asked to leave the group.

Starting your own writing group?

Our handout introduces practices that you can use to start sustained writing groups and peer review groups. You can use this guide to try writing together with peers in your department, with friends outside of academia, or with one writing partner. There’s no one best way to run a writing group—try a few approaches and see what works best for you!

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