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Graduate Writing Groups

UWC Writing groups provide support, encouragement, and accountability.

The UWC offers weekly writing groups led by our graduate consultants. These meetings include accountability check-ins for writers to set goals and reflect on personal writing habits and progress on a project, followed by a period of quiet sustained writing. 

Writing groups are open to all graduate students currently enrolled at UT Austin.

If you’re new to writing groups, please read about writing groups and our policies below.

To sign up for a writing group, click the link for one of the groups from the list below.

Fall 2020 First Session Writing Group Options

About Writing Groups

Writing groups meet once a week for one to two hours for six consecutive weeks.

Fall 2020 Details

The first fall session of writing groups will meet beginning the week of September 7, 2020.

You may choose a one-hour or two-hour group meeting.

All sessions will be held online in Zoom. To receive the Zoom link for a group, you must register through Eventbrite.

To register, please click the Group Options links listed above. Availability is limited, and online registration is first-come, first-served.

Virtual

Virtual writing groups are held in Zoom. A UWC consultant will be present to facilitate the check-in. Writers have the option of muting their video and audio for comfort and/or privacy. Questions or concerns to the group can be asked in the chat.

In person

In-person writing groups are held on the fourth floor of the PCL. Writers need to bring all writing materials, including notes, books, laptops, and charging cords. A UWC consultant will be present to facilitate the check-in. At the first meeting, the writing group will set session rules and guidelines together; for example, all cell phones turned off, no music that can be heard above headphones, etc.

What grad students are saying about UWC writing groups

“The most helpful part of the writing group is having a supportive, friendly, but focused space to go once a week and get things done.”

“Required writing time helps.”

“The group helped me recognize how much writing I could get done in a short, focused period of time.”

Additional Support

Interested in other ways the UWC can support you? Head over to our Graduate Students page to find out about all the services available to you at the UWC.

Writing Group Policies

All writers must register for in-person and virtual writing groups in Eventbrite. To register, please click the Group Options links listed above. Availability is limited, and online registration is first-come, first-served.

Since the purpose of a writing group is to provide consistent support and accountability, writers are required to attend weekly meetings on time for the full duration. Writers who miss more than one group meeting or repeatedly arrive late will not be permitted to participate in UWC groups for the rest of the semester.

If you are interested in starting your own writing group outside of the UWC, please refer to our “Starting a Writing Group” guide (link below).

Start 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!

Our video on starting a writing group!

NEW Feedback Writing Group!

In addition to the quiet writing groups described above, UWC Grad Services will be running one feedback-based writing group in the fall of 2020, as a pilot program. If it goes well, we will offer more writing groups like it in the future! This writing group will be geared towards PhD candidates who want feedback on job application materials, such as cover letters, research statements, diversity statements, and teaching statements. For more information about the group, and instructions about how to sign up, click here.