Starting a Dissertation Writing Group

| December 18, 2016

Starting a dissertation writing group can be an excellent way to gain supportive feedback from your fellow doctoral students. These meetings can be a way of developing your skills as a writer and working through your ideas in a safe space. Before you put up the fliers it may be a good idea to think through some models of dissertation writing groups:

  • How will you structure the group?
    • Decide if one member should act as a facilitator to guide the discussions. Will this position rotate or will one person always act in this role?
    • Will you set an agenda ahead of time or at the outset of each meeting?
    • Who will bring the snacks?
  • Where will you meet?
    • Keeping a consistent meeting schedule can help you and your fellow writers be accountable to one another.
    • Finding a space that can accomodate your group may take some scheduling work up front but will pay off in the long run when you and your group always know where to meet.
  • How big should the group be?
    • A group of 3-5 members is ideal. Having too many members can make communication more difficult, especially when it comes time to read each other’s dissertation texts.
  • What if I don’t know how to give feedback to fellow members?
    • Start by asking other writers to explain their concerns and questions.
    • Explain how you see their work from your perspective.

TC Dissertation Catalyst Group

TC Dissertation Catalyst Group is a workshop/support group (like many others at major universities) where students can provide intellectual and social support to each other in the long, arduous task of finishing their dissertation.

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References from: 

http://www.antioch.edu/vwc/writing-resources/dissertation-and-thesis-writing-groups/

http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/starting-a-dissertation-writing-group-in-a-writing-center/25794