Dissertation Writing Groups

Dissertation Writing Groups

This program aims to help writers maintain regular progress on their dissertations during the academic year, as well as to introduce students to resources available to them in the library and on the web.

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 attendance for the full fourteen-week session
  • keep a writing log of their goals and progress
  • provide facilitators with ongoing feedback about the program

Dissertation Group Facilitators will

  • lead a short workshop at the beginning of each session
  • facilitate group discussion of goals, strategies, and long-term writing plans
  • help participants to remain on-task (and away from email, Facebook, YouTube, or other distractions)
  • be available to offer advice or feedback on the writing process

Eligibility

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 required 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

Program Expectations

Participants will

  • keep a writing log of their goals and progress
  • provide us with feedback about the program
  • arrive to WTS punctually and stay for the entirety of the session
  • attend all required meetings

Dissertation Group Facilitators will

  • introduce strategies for goal setting
  • facilitate peer-review partners and groups upon request
  • help participants to remain on-task (and away from email, Facebook, YouTube, or other distractions)
  • be available to offer advice or feedback on the writing process

Check the GPSG newsletter and emails from your departmental administrator for announcements about our calls for applications that go out around each August and December.

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.