Focus Friday

“When we write for others, we engage in conversation with our readers. When we write with others, we work with colleagues toward a common product. And when we write among others, we create a community of writers.”
         -Helen Sword, Air & Light & Time & Space: How Successful Academics Write.  

Having a community of writers can provide accountability, motivation, and encouragement for the long process of thesis or dissertation work. To help grow these communities, the Writing Center in Wilson Hall (1-114) is open every Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and invites graduate students and faculty to write among others. Drop in at any point and stay as long as it feels productive. The coffee is free and there are snacks on the first Friday of the month. A Writing Center tutor is available to answer questions or provide feedback as needed. 

Graduate Writing Events 

Writing Retreats

Do you need to get a lot of writing done? Want to learn more about writing while making solid progress? Join us at the Writing Center for a writing retreat and dedicate a Friday evening (5-8 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. -2 p.m.) to writing, talking about writing, and community building. We will discuss writing processes and ask you to evaluate what is working for you and what needs to change. Students from every discipline are welcome.

The next writing retreat takes place February 16, 2024 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and February 17, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To register for the writing retreat, please click here.


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This event is offered in partnership with GradCat 360, a comprehensive professional development program for graduate students at Montana State University.
If you are interested in a custom retreat with students from your department, please contact Erin Strickland at [email protected]