Dissertation Writing Groups

Students sitting at tables and working in a large room

Completing dissertations can be a challenge. Once students are no longer regularly interacting with others in a classroom setting, they can find themselves drifting, discouraged, and uninspired. We encourage doctoral candidates to join a Dissertation Writing Group so they can make sustained and accountable progress on their writing.

Writing Group applicants will be placed into on-campus or virtual groups with others from their college or with related interests. Group members are encouraged to read one another’s work on a bi-weekly basis, take regular advantage of Howe Writing Center consultations, consult with King librarians, keep each other accountable, and provide encouragement and support.

We form groups at the beginning of each Fall semester with a lunch-time kick-off workshop for all participants, whether on-campus or remote.

Requirements for joining a group are:

  • PhD candidate
  • Currently writing (or are ready to begin) their proposal or dissertation
  • Commitment to meet with their group weekly or bi-weekly (face to face or remotely)
  • Commitment to make weekly progress toward their research/writing goals
  • Commitment to support others in their group

Some comments from past participants: 

We all are very satisfied with our group, and are grateful that the Writing Center brought us together. We've hit our stride and have found a good way of operating that works for our group [and] that keeps us motivated.

I find it incredibly helpful and motivating to be a part of this group.

This group has been a good experience for me and I've appreciated the support.

Apply using our form below.

Apply for a Dissertation Writing Group