Grad Writing Groups

Writing Groups can help graduate students identify and overcome writing obstacles, move forward on multiple projects, and produce the manuscripts and proposals that, ultimately, build into theses/dissertations.

To Join a Writing Group

CSU Writes forms writing groups a variety of ways:

1) GROUP-UPS: Facilitated information sessions held early each semester where interested graduate students meet, connect, and “group up.” See the CSU Writes GROUP-UP Schedule for the next session.

2) AT RETREATS: Graduate students often meet colleagues from other departments and colleges at CSU Writes writing retreats who will become long-term writing partners and accountabilibuddies. When you attend the retreat, let the retreat facilitator know you are interested in joining a group to continue building and maintaining your writing momentum.

3) ORGANICALLY among your colleagues: Graduate students who have a cohort of supportive colleagues can form a group and reach out to CSU Writes for additional support and accountability to incorporate writing group best practices. Use the contact form below.

4) EMAIL CSU Writes: If you cannot attend a GROUP-UP, a retreat, or are still looking for the right group for you, email CSU Writes, and we will be happy to see if we have a group that is looking for writer or to add you to our list of interested writers looking for a group. Use the contact form below.


MAY 14, 3-4:30pm (on Zoom)

FALL 2020


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Types of Groups

Accountability Groups

3-5 members

These are arranged to help writers be “accountable” for setting and meeting their writing goals. Set, discuss, and work to achieve your writing goals as you help others do the same at weekly meetings through the semester.

Write-On-Site Groups

3+ members

These consist of writers who write together weekly. Some groups meet at existing show up & write. sessions; some groups write together elsewhere. Discussion and accountability to set and meet writing goals is also part of these groups.

Feedback Groups

3-5 members

These are arranged so that writers give and receive feedback on their writing. Weekly meetings also help researchers build momentum on projects: manuscripts, proposals, reports, posters, conference papers, and more.

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