Dissertation Writing Groups

Dissertation Writing Groups

This program aims to help graduate students maintain regular progress on their dissertations during the academic year, as well as introduce various strategies and resources available to them.

Groups will include approximately eight participants each and will meet once a week. Each three-hour meeting will consist of about an hour of group discussion facilitated by a WTS graduate tutor on topics which may include writing and motivational strategies. Discussion will be followed by 5-10 minutes in which group members share their progress since the last meeting and set goals for the following two hours of the session.

The remaining two hours will be devoted to structured writing time. While this time will be focused on individual work, the WTS facilitator and other members of the writing group will be nearby to answer any questions and offer support.

Participants will

  • Commit to regular, punctual attendance for the full fourteen-week session
  • Share their experiences writing on a weekly basis with progress updates, and on a reflective basis by describing their writing habits and goals
  • Learn about the graduate school experience in other disciplines
  • Support their fellow participants in positive solidarity

Dissertation Group Facilitators will

  • Lead a 45-60 minute discussion at the beginning of each session, and a 15-minute check-in at the end of each session
  • Facilitate group discussion of goals, strategies, and long-term writing plans
  • Encourage participants to remain on-task and achieve their goals with check-ins
  • Be available to offer advice or feedback on the writing process


We ask that all participants

  • Have successfully defended their dissertation proposal or be writing substantial portions of their actual dissertation as part of the proposal (advisor’s acknowledgement required)
  • Commit to attendance at all sessions except for rare exceptions such as days on which they are aware for a conference, family emergency, or urgent health problem
  • Fully complete application materials per instructions; unfortunately, we cannot consider incomplete applications

For information or questions about the program, please contact Sean Sidky at ssidky@iu.edu. Applications go out around each August and December; please check the GPSG announcements, emails from your departmental administrator, or email wts@indiana.edu directly for the application.

For fall 2021, the deadline is Wednesday, August 18th, 2021, 5:00pm EST. We will host both online and in-person groups, depending on participant interest and campus health conditions.

Please click on this link for the application. 



Find out more about dissertation writing groups

Contact WTS at (812) 855-6738 or send an email to wts@indiana.edu if you have questions about dissertation writing groups.