What are writing groups?
When we think about successful writing, we often think in terms of the product: a published article, a book, a digital project, a presentation, or a grant proposal. To complete these projects successfully, writers need to have a good relationship to the writing process. To foster this, writing groups use goal setting to motivate, manage, and improve the writing process.
Why join a faculty writing group?
Writing groups help you:
- Establish focused time and a regular schedule for writing,
- find a supportive community around writing and publishing,
- set short- and long-term goals for writing to sustain progress over time,
- and maintain a productive writing life.
How do they work?
Writing groups are designed to prioritize writing. The majority of a session is spent on writing; we also encourage groups to set aside time for goal setting, goal sharing, reflecting on progress and planning for next steps in order to remain productive over time.
Each writing group should establish some ground rules for maintaining focus and productivity during their sessions. You might find the writing group guidelines to be a useful starting point. Feel free to expand, delete, and revise these guidelines based on the goals, needs, and expectations of your group.
Who can join?
Any faculty member affiliated with the University of Rochester. See individual group descriptions for eligibility details.
How do I join a writing group?
- If you want to join a writing group, contact the group leader of any listed group
- If you have a group and are interested in some new members, list your group on our site by submitting this form
- Need information to get your own group going? Email the Writing Group Coordinator, Rachel Lee
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