Do you feel like you’re writing/working alone?! Do you need some camaraderie or just 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 commits to coming together for one three-hour block of time per week. Participants 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 are welcome to join a regularly scheduled group or just “drop in” to a group.
- Groups are focused on academics – writing, working, researching. What do you need to accomplish?
- Groups provide accountability
- Join a group for all or part of the session. Drop in when you can, can’t make the whole meeting time, that’s OK.
This is your commitment to yourself!
These groups will meet through the end of the semester. So, please feel free to join any group at any time; however, most students find it beneficial to pick a regular group to attend.
Monday: 10 am – 1 pm
Tuesday: 7 pm – 10 pm
Friday: 10 am – 1 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 12 pm
What students have to say about being in the workgroups:
“Workgroups have been a constant source of support and encouragement as I pursue my graduate degree. Come for the accountability; stay for the camaraderie!”
“I started joining these work groups the first semester of my program, and it helped me set up a regimen for my coursework.”
“Sometimes the hardest part is getting started and showing up for a work session at least gets me in my chair. Step one.”
“The other students were really supportive, and I learned a lot about courses, writing tips, and just surviving at UNCG”
“It’s so easy to set aside time for working and then get distracted; logging into a virtual group kept me focused.”
If you have questions or wish to be included, email Laura Drew at Ladrew@uncg.edu
Get writing in the Graduate School Writing/Working Boot Camps! These camps are typically offered two times during the year: after May Graduation and at the Holiday Break. Students meet in-person or
virtually to write together and meet with faculty consultants. Host Faculty Mentors assist in literature
reviews, crafting proposals, and outlining dissertations/theses.
announcements for Back-to-School Writing Bashes, and Spring Break and Winter Break Bashes.
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 Blog contains a lot of helpful information covering all aspects of graduate student life.