a coordinated series of writing camps and weekly writing groups to support doctoral candidates in the Faculty of Arts & Science
In September 2017, the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Milestones and Pathways program began a Write-on-Site Initiative to support doctoral candidates working on their dissertations. The Faculty now hosts a coordinated series of weekly writing groups and intensive writing camps throughout the term.
These coordinated activities provide graduate students with a regular workspace, supportive community, and measure of accountability. Participants bring their own laptops and research materials for writing, and check in regularly with each other as they work through their writing goals. The Faculty of Arts & Science has published a more descriptive bulletin piece, “Innovative doctoral writing group offers peer-focused support.”
This faculty-wide initiative follows what faculty developer Kerry Ann Rockquemore has called a “write-on-site” group model. This model does not provide substantive feedback or instruction on how to write in a specific discipline. Instead of teaching candidates how to write, it aims to help doctoral candidates work better as writers in a professional sense: how to foster better habits and create a regularized work-day structure in what is normally a very isolating and unstructured working environment.
If you are interested in participating in our program, please complete an application below, or contact Dr Daniel Aureliano Newman (email@example.com) about developing a writing initiative in your own unit.
The Write-on-Site Camps are one or two-day writing events held on campus. These all-day camps feature brief presentations on common writing challenges (e.g. setting effective goals, addressing the challenges and anxieties of being a “productive” writer), as well as structured time for writing, coffee breaks, and lunch. We currently run two forms of dissertation-focused writing camp: a general camp for doctoral candidates writing their dissertation, and a more specialized camp for students in the earlier stages of writing (“Writing Your First Chapter”).
Weekly Writing Groups
To maintain the momentum of the day-long intensive camps, graduate students can also work in one of our Weekly Writing Groups. Participants meet weekly for 3-hour periods to work and share their progress. If you have already participated in a writing camp on campus, you may register directly for one of our writing groups using the button below.