Writing Groups

Fall 2017

One of the best ways to make consistent progress on a long writing project is to form a writing group with a couple of your colleagues. Writing groups keep you productive by allowing you to establish dedlines, and they get you out of the house (and out of your head) on a regular basis. Which is always a good thing.

Looking for a Writing Group?
Fill out the Writing Group Questionnaire below and take a look at what your colleagues are doing (and where they are in the writing process) in the Writers and Projects link. Then send an e-mail or two and find a couple of people for your group.

I will meet with you and your group the first time you get together (either face-to-face or virtually) and help you figure out guidelines and even pick a team name.

Writing Group Questionnaire
List of Writers Looking to Form Writing Groups

Guidelines for Writing Groups
There is no one "right" way to organize a writing group. But there are a couple of things you can keep in mind to make yours more successful.

  1. Have fun with your group. 
  2. Create a schedule. Have one member of your group be responsible for producing pages each week or month (whatever works for you) and sharing them with the others.
  3. Give honest and thorough feedback on drafts.
  4. Set up some sort of rewards system. My graduate school writing group would buy beer for the person who produced pages if they met their goal.
  5. Try to meet in person to discuss your pages. It's easier to do things remotely, but in person is much more enjoyable.