Writing Program Fall 2020

The OGPD Writing Program is a social support program that strives to create a peer support structure to (1) help students cope with feelings of isolation in the writing stage of their studies and (2) aid students in supporting each other in setting and reaching writing goals. Participants will need to be actively engaged in a writing project (thesis, dissertation, manuscript, qualifying exams, etc.) to be accepted into the program. Participants WILL NOT be provided with writing feedback/editing and/or academic writing instruction by the program coordinator.

Applications are now closed. Participants will be notified via email this week.

Contact Amanda Catron, Program Coordinator, Office of Graduate Professional Development at catron@ufl.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Program Structure

Dates: Week of September 28, 2020- Week of December 7, 2020

Time: TBA

  • Weekly 90-minute meetings, divided into discussion groups of 4-5 students
  • In discussion groups, participants will:
    • Discuss the weekly topic
    • Write for an hour
    • Discuss the previous weeks’ writing goals and set new writing goals for the coming week
  • The Canvas classroom will host:
    • Writing group schedule
    • Discussion leader schedule
    • Weekly discussion topics (including recorded webinars to be watched)

Participant Commitment

Students selected to participate in the writing program will sign a contract with the program coordinator indicating that they accept to:

  • Attend ALL 10 weekly meetings throughout the semester
  • Watch 3 recorded workshops throughout the program to discuss during weekly meetings.
  • Be active participants in designated discussion groups by:
    • Writing for one hour each week while in their breakout rooms
    • Being prepared to discuss the weekly topic
    • Acting as discussion leader on specified weeks
    • Setting weekly writing goals
    • Holding each other accountable for reaching weekly writing goals

NOTE: Personal feedback on or editing of writing samples and/or instruction on academic writing skills will not be provided to participants.

Weekly Discussion Topic Schedule

Week 1: Meet and Greet

Week 2: Starting to Write

Week 3: Writer’s Block

Week 4: Self-Care and Productivity

Week 5: Writing Process and Writing Anxiety

Week 6: Weekly Accomplishments and Challenges

Week 7: Developing a Writing Practice

Week 8: Strengths and Challenges as a Writer

Week 9: Revising Writing

Week 10: Wrap up

Application Process

The application opened at 12:01 a.m. on September 4th. The application is now closed.

  • Participants will be selected on a rolling basis
  • Participants will be notified of acceptance via email (UF address only)
  • The application will close when the program is full 

The application will ask for demographic information and your weekly availability. You will also be asked for the following information:

  • Thesis/Dissertation Topic or Title (30 word max)
  • Briefly describe the writing project you want to work on during the program (thesis, dissertation, manuscript, qualifying exams, etc.)  What are your writing goals for this project this semester? (100 word max)
  • Why do you want to join a writing group? (150 word max)
  • In what ways do you think you can help others in your writing group? (150 word max)
  • What do you hope to accomplish as a result of your participation in this writing program? (150 word max)

Contact Amanda Catron, Program Coordinator, Office of Graduate Professional Development at catron@ufl.edu if you have any questions or concerns.