Spring 2020 Interdisciplinary Graduate Writing Group Sign-Ups Are Now Closed! 

If you are interested in joining a writing group or have any questions, please contact Erin Strickland. She can be reached by email at erin.strickland@montana.edu

What is a writing group?

A writing group is a small group of writers who meet, either face-to-face or online, to actively engage in their research and writing processes. Each member plays two roles: that of a writer, and that of a responder to the other writers/members of the group. The conversation revolves around the writing-in-process (drafts) that the writers share with the group.

In a writing group, you will find that you deepen and advance your own writing experience. You have an immediate audience of peers for testing your ideas and writing, access to others’ processes and revisions which may inform your own. Fellow researchers and writers assist one another in exploring ideas and responding to writing. A facilitator participates to help guide the discussion, but the sessions revolve around the dialogue and needs of the writers. The group space should be a “supportive space” for writers to work through the messiness of writing. (No one “grades” your writing in a writing group; we know writing is a process, and we are not necessarily seeing the final product.)

Infographic detailing the three roles in a writing group: writers, respondents, facilitators