Loyola University Maryland

The Writing Center

Graduate Writing Group

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So What is a Writing Group?

Research has shown that graduate student writing success increases as peer support increases. As one scholar put it, "graduate students tend to be their own best resource." 

With this in mind, the Writing Center helps graduate students organize and run informal peer groups, in which students support each other in their writing projects.

Graduate student writing groups consist of a cadre of grad students and one group leader, who is either a Loyola Writing Center faculty member or a Loyola graduate student serving as a tutor at the Writing Center. 

Groups are free to set their own meeting schedule but usually meet one hour per month at a mutually agreed upon time and place. 

The group meetings revolve around a relaxed (but focused) conversation about the writing concerns/experiences of its members. Such groups offer ways for grad students to pool knowledge and available resources, provide emotional and practical support to one another, share drafts, expand their thinking about their writing processes and products, and enhance their connections to the larger graduate community.

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