Feel like you are writing/working alone?! Do you need some support and want to know there are others out there writing and working? Regularly scheduled blocks of time in the company of other motivated graduate students may be just what you need. Whether you’re working on reading journal articles, writing a thesis or a dissertation, or just need regularly scheduled time with other dedicated students, these groups can help you stay motivated.
Led by fellow graduate students who are also focused on their own work, each virtual workgroup will commit to coming together for one three-hour block of time per week. Participants will check in briefly with one another on their weekly goals, work while staying virtually connected, and then meet at the end of the session to discuss their progress.
You may select the group or groups that work best for your schedule or just “drop-in” to a group. Groups will begin meeting the first week of February and run through the end of the spring semester.
Spring 2021 Semester Schedule:
Monday; 10 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday; 7 PM – 10 PM
Thursday; 10 AM – 1 PM
Saturday; 10 AM – 1 PM
To be added to the list, e-mail Laura Drew at Ladrew@uncg.edu.
The Graduate School is pleased to offer graduate students the opportunity to attend a series of Writers’ Retreat/Boot Camps, scheduled for December and January from 9 AM – 4:30 PM.
December: 9-11 & 16-18
January: 6-8 & 13-15
Each week, camps will take place for three days, with each day offering a “Coffee n’ Conversation” series from noted specialists:
- Kelly Burke, Dean of the Graduate School
- Greg Bell, Assoc. Dean of the Graduate School
- Kathy Hytten and Paul Silvia, Writing Specialists
- Bob Henson, Educational Research Methodology
- Megan Walters, Assoc. Director of Career Development
- Jenny Dale & Amy Harris Houk, University Library experts
Students can choose to attend “Coffee n’ Conversation” or skip the session and continue writing. Even those not registered for the camps are welcome to join in for just the “Coffee n’ Conversation” discussions. Once a student registers, Zoom links will be provided to attend all or parts of each writing camp.
The University Writing Center is ready to work with you on any kind of writing, from a seminar paper to a dissertation. Every writer deserves a good reader, and our graduate consultants are ready to provide encouragement, support, and advice as you make your way through your graduate writing. Our consultants are trained to engage you in conversation about your writing, since it’s partly through conversation about our writing that we become better writers over time.
Here are some specific ways the Writing Center supports you as a graduate student:
- Advanced Writers Support Program: The Advanced Writers Support Program (AWSP) is designed to assist writers who are working on projects that are longer, more sustained, or larger in scope. While for smaller projects, single sessions at the Writing Center are often helpful and all that’s necessary, our AWSP writers find that their writing benefits from working closely with a single consultant who meets with them consistently, gets to know their project well, is able to help them through several stages of the writing process, and helps keep them on track to meet their project deadlines. For the past several years, we have been working with graduate students and faculty members who are developing projects that are longer, more comprehensive, and moving through multiple stages. For more information, please visit: Advanced Writers Support Program.
- Quick question? Working on a draft and wondering whether to use “effect” or “affect”? Trying to remember when to use “that” versus “which”? You can IM us during any of our open hours with quick questions through our homepage (scroll down to the bottom right of the page): University Writing Center
UNC Writing Center Tools
The Writing Center at UNC Chapel Hill provides a wealth of information on writing and style including specific tips for some disciplines.
GradHacker is a blog featured on Inside Higher Ed: the free daily news site for people who work in higher education. Breaking news, lively commentary, and thousands of job postings can be found here.
The Purdue Owl
The Purdue OWL offers good resources and tips for advanced writers, especially for specific types of writing like conference papers, dissertation abstracts, or book proposals.
Wendy Belcher’s book
Wendy Belcher’s book, Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, has gotten great reviews from graduate students.
PhinisheD is a discussion and support group for people trying to finish their dissertations or theses, and those who have been there.
You may also consider joining the Cornell Graduate School’s Product Writer listserv. This electronic mailing list provides periodic advice and strategies for becoming a more productive writer.
Get a Life, PhD Blog
The Get a Life, PhD blog by Sociology and American Studies Professor Dr. Golash-Boza, from the University of Kansas, offers strategies for completing writing projects and making writing part of a routine.
For Grad Students Blog
The Fireside Chat For Grad Students Blogcontains a lot of helpful information covering all aspects of graduate student life.