Graduate Student Writing Groups

Because many graduate students benefit from more structure and less solitude as they write, the Graduate Student Writing Group Program is a new resource for master's and doctoral students offered through the Ott Memorial Writing Center.  A writing group consists of three to seven graduate students that meet weekly, for a three-hour period, over the course of a semester. The first hour is devoted to “checking-in”.  Each group member publically declares his or her writing goals for the coming week and reports back on the degree to which the previous week’s goals were achieved.  The group facilitator (a graduate student tutor in the Ott Memorial Writing Center) might also bring in a mini-lesson or information on topics of shared interest.  This “checking in” period is limited to 60 minutes and the remaining time is devoted to writing.  All sessions are held in Raynor Library’s Beaumier D suite, and group members are encouraged to stay in the room and write together in companionable silence.  Each group meets a least once a week for a minimum of three hours. 

Registration for the Fall 2013 program is now open. If you have questions or are interested in participating, please contact the director of the Ott Memorial Writing Center, Dr. Rebecca Nowacek at (414) 288-3590 or

Contact Us

The Graduate School, Holthusen Hall, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 1881
1324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Room 305
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7137

Visit the contact page for more information