Writing groups are a great way to form social connections to support your writing, to get feedback and accountability, and to enjoy rich interactions across departmental and disciplinary boundaries.
To connect with other graduate students interested in forming supportive, cross-disciplinary writing groups, post your preferred name, UCSD email address, department, and project below, and let people know whether you’re looking to start a group or join an existing one. Share a little bit about what you hope to gain from the writing group so that groups can form around common needs/interests.
To be most successful, groups should include at least 4 members. Reply only to posts with a valid UCSD email address, and use common sense in setting up initial group meetings (e.g. choose populated public spaces).
Tips and tricks for successful writing groups:
Set group expectations and communication norms, especially if your group is reviewing each other’s work and offering feedback; as a group you might even draft a brief document to define these norms and expectations.
Writing groups can take various forms; choose what’s best for your needs. Some writing groups meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for members to converse about their projects, share ideas about writing, and solicit and receive feedback on their works-in-progress. Other groups get together simply for the participants to spend time writing with a group to provide solidarity and accountability.