Grad Writing: Howe Writing with Community Support

Our graduate writing hours are designed to help Miami graduate students achieve their writing goals throughout the Spring 2024 semester. These hours are open to all graduate students, who can join as little or as often as they like, in-person or online. 

This fall we are offering eleven hybrid writing hour sessions. These will take place weekly on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, in King Library or over zoom, beginning February 13th and ending May 7th, excluding spring break.

During these writing hours, we offer graduate students time and space to write (along with coffee and donuts, if you come in-person!) as well as the accountability provided by our helping you set and reflect on your short-term writing goals. Experienced HWC graduate writing consultants run these hours, and they are also available throughout each session to meet with you individually for feedback or guidance on your writing.

We do ask that all participants RSVP, so that we can provide a zoom link, access to our shared progress log, and reminders about upcoming sessions. (It also helps us know how many donuts to buy!) You may RSVP for writing hours here

Finally, graduate writers who participate in at least eight of these eleven sessions will receive a writing-themed prize.

We hope you can join us and commit to a productive semester of graduate writing!

A Program Made By Graduate Students, For Graduate Students

The Howe Writing Center's Grad Writing Program is a multi-part, flexible system designed to help Miami graduate students achieve their writing goals throughout this Spring ‘23 semester. Graduate students can join and participate at any time, and through any modality, whichever works best. We offer in-person and online support, through synchronous writing hours and an asynchronous progress log and calendar. 

We have also designed this program with built-in incentives, through a badge and prize system (see below). The more you participate, the more writing-related prizes you can earn. Furthermore, you can stay motivated by following our blog, written and managed by graduate students!

Grad Writing comprises several parts, which you can take part in as many or as few as work for you. They break down as follows:

Writing Hours

We are offering 11 hybrid writing hours this Spring semester (in person and via zoom). These hours will take place weekly on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Howe Writing Center (KING 133). RSVP to writing hours here

    1. These eleven Graduate Writing Hours will be offered every week (excluding spring break) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. You may join us either online (through a zoom link, provided upon registration) or in the Howe Writing Center Seminar Room (King 133), starting on February 15th. These are designed to provide you with the time and space to accomplish your writing goals, surrounded by a community of other graduate writers. Graduate student writing consultants will prompt you first to set goals, and then provide an environment for you to do two 45-minute writing blocks with a break in between. At the end of each session, you’ll reflect on and share your progress and next steps with fellow students. RSVP to writing hours here
    2. During these writing hours, graduate consultants are also available to meet with you individually, where you can collaboratively discuss and work through the piece of writing that you are working on. 
    3. Each session is self-contained, so you can come to as many as you want and begin participating at any time throughout the semester.  
    4. Writing hours have three themed segments: How(e) to Begin, How(e) to Draft, and How(e) to Revise. That said, you’re welcome to join us regardless of where you are in your project. Our discussions these weeks will focus on scaffolding these recursive parts of the writing process, but your writing goals that week do not need to map onto that week’s theme.

Collaborative Calendar

To continue aiding our community values, participants in Grad Writing will have access to our shared calendar, which offers clear visibility to your personal goals, weekly segmenting dates, blog publications, and each writing time and location. The Grad Writing Calendar will function as this program's main hub of links and information

In an effort to maintain privacy and security, we have implemented measures to keep the information you post to the Progress Log secure and visible to only fellow Miami graduate student participants. To gain access to the Progress Log and the link to the Write with Me blog, you will be added to our private HWC Grad Writing Google Calendar. There you will find an event each Monday labeled “Progress Log Check-In." Clicking this event will open the event description, containing a private spreadsheet link. In addition to the Progress Log event, every Wednesday, you will see an event labeled "Write with Me: New Blog Post Alert." There, you will find a direct link to our blog site. You may gain access to the calendar by RSVPing here 

    1. To align further with our community values, we will have a shared google calendar with active participants in this program. This calendar aims to offer clear, dated, and visible goals to track your progress easily. Additionally, this calendar will outline our segmenting dates, blog publications, and writing times and their locations.   

Progress Log: An Asynchronous Opportunity

In addition to the in-person writing hours, we are offering an asynchronous opportunity called The Progress Log, which provides another mode to get involved with the writing process and build community. In these logs, you will fill out your name, date/time, progress according to your personal goals, and a short reflection on your writing for the week. There will also be a column where you and other graduate students can interact with one another, celebrating your accomplishments and encouraging one another to meet said goals.  RSVP here to participate

    1. The Progress Log provides another way to get involved in the writing community and stay on top of your writing goals. Designed as an asynchronous accountability measure, the Progress Log allows you to post your updates and achievements, and new goals for the next week every Monday night. Francesco Cirillo’s Pomodoro Method shows us that breaking up larger tasks into smaller goals is helpful and that having consistent deadlines to update flexible goals which promotes steady progress. 
    2. What does this look like? On our Progress Log spreadsheet (RSVP here to participate) you will fill in your name, the date and time, and your progress according to your goals (whether you are measuring progress in tasks, word count, time spent writing, etc.) There will also be space for you to write in 1-2 sentences about what you worked on this week and how you feel about it. This documentation allows other graduate student writers to leave comments, celebrating your accomplishments and motivating you to continue making progress! 

Write With Me Blog: A Blog Written By Graduate Students, for Graduate Students

This blog aims to further develop community– which is highly valued in this program. Each week guest graduate consultants at the HWC will write a blog that focuses on special topics concerning what it means to write in academia as a graduate student. Additionally, the blog will play host to the weekly spotlight.

To gain access to the Write with Me Blog you will be added to the private HWC Grad Writing Google Calendar. There you will find an event each Wednesday labeled “Write with Me: Blog Post Alert.” Clicking on that event the same way will direct you to our blog. Unlike the spreadsheet, the blog is open to the public, though overseen by administrators at the HWC. You may gain access to the private calendar by RSVPing here

    1. To develop a community and discuss some of the ins and outs of writing as a graduate student, the HWC will publish blog posts written by guest graduate writing consultants each week. Our blog will feature a highlight of the week, celebrating the accomplishments of our community along with special topics diving into the considerations of what it means to write in academia as a graduate student. 
    2. The Blog will also feature research-based but narrative-driven investigations into the topics of  How(e) to Begin during weeks 1-4, How(e) to Draft during weeks 5-8,  and How(e) to Revise during weeks 9-11. While these blogs will be based in the world of academia, they are not more research articles for you to read– instead, they will focus on the human aspect of writing and all the things that encompass these topics.  We will discuss things like the emotional toll writing can take on its composer, procrastination stories, writing projects that resulted in an indifferent writer, individual writing processes, and so much more!   

Weekly Spotlight

Each week, we will highlight a graduate student who has posted in our Progress Log – these highlights will appear on the HWC Grad Writing homepage and our Write with Me Blog. We want to celebrate all your hard work– you deserve it!

    1. Each week the graduate consultant in charge of running the program's daily operations will monitor our Progress Log and pick an individual whose progress we want to highlight each week. These highlights will appear on the HWC Graduate Writing webpage and the Write with Me blog. This element is all about celebration and collaboration– your hard work should be acknowledged! 


Are you participating in Grad Writing? If you are– you can earn prizes! 

  1. By participating in Grad Writing: Howe Writing with Community and Support, you will have the opportunity to earn badges that recognize your effort and progress toward growing as a writer and growing our community. Badges can be earned by trying out a new part of the writing support program, consistent participation, community interaction, and more! As a way to celebrate your commitment and success, these digital badges will translate to leveled prizes. With every two badges you earn, you unlock a new writing-related prize which you can pick up at the Howe Writing Center.