Writing Groups and Retreats

We offer graduate writing groups and writing retreats. These services are meant to help graduate students work on long-term writing projects and to create purposeful, positive writing habits.

Writing Groups:

We hold writing groups regularly. These provide space for sustained writing in the company of your colleagues from across the disciplines. Each session begins with a short conversation about goals and ends with a wrap-up of accomplishments.

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Writing Retreats:

Our writing retreats traditionally take place during school breaks (summer, spring break, etc.) and vary in form. For example, while some of the retreats function mostly as writing groups, with the added benefit of setting daily as well as weekly goals, others include workshops and presentations on how to create good writing habits and stay on top of long-term writing projects.

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Graduate Discord Server:

The Writers Workshop’s Discord server is designed to supplement our existing graduate writing groups and serves as a place to check in with weekly writing productivity goals, to request and share resources, to connect with other graduate student writers across the university, and to provide general writing support. To learn more and sign up, click here.

Additional Resources:

  • Join our graduate listserv (a weekly email about our upcoming events) by emailing wow@illinois.edu
  • See our calendar for upcoming writing groups, retreats, and other events.
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