About Writing Groups

Writing groups provide distraction-free time and space for writing. Dedicated to writing, they help writers establish and meet short- and long-term writing goals. Writing group members typically set their own schedules, and each group member sets their own writing goals.

Unlike other models of writing groups that focus on reader feedback, Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program writing groups bring members together to set and share goals and to write. Any group can request a visit from a Writing Consultant, who can help the group with goal-setting and address key questions or challenges faced by the group.

Successful groups tend to range anywhere from three to five members and meet consistently over a single semester. For many writers, writing groups provide:

  • The support and accountability to complete projects,
  • increased motivation, and
  • new strategies that improve the writing process and foster a better relationship to writing.

Join a Group

Questions? Suggestions? Email the Writing Group Coordinator, Liz Tinelli (liz.tinelli@rochester.edu).

Writing Group Materials

Feel free to use these materials in your writing group!