The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Writing Center Summer Writers' Groups
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Summer Writers' Groups

Stay motivated on long projects over the summer.


Are you an undergraduate or graduate student working on a long writing project this summer? Wishing you could carve out time to write, or finding it tough to stay motivated? The Writing Center is here to support you!

This summer, we will coordinate small writers groups that will meet once per week for six weeks. Each three-hour meeting will begin with group goal-setting and include time to discuss progress, blocks, and staying on task. The bulk of each meeting, however, will be devoted to structured writing time so that writers can put words on the page and make substantial progress on writing projects in-progress.

Participants will:

  • Arrive to each session prepared to produce writing on the page
  • Contribute to supporting the other members of the writing group
  • Commit to regular attendance during a six-week summer period

Writing Center staff will:

  • Provide support and ideas for managing long-term projects
  • Lead group discussion about writing goals and strategies
  • Be available for one-on-one writing consultations during each session

Intended Audience

Undergraduate and graduate students looking to stay motivated on long projects over the summer.


3 hours

Schedule for Summer 2014

Writers' Groups will be divided into two sections:

Mondays, 12:30-3:30, June 30-August 4
Thursdays, 1:00-4:00, July 3-August 7

Participants will commit to either the Monday section or the Thursday session.

If interested email Leigh Elion, Co-Director of the Summer Writing Center at by Thursday, June 26th at 5pm. In your message please indicate:

  • Your degree program and the nature/focus of your writing project
  • If you prefer the Monday or the Thursday section and if you are available for either
  • Whether you are able to commit to attending all 6 meetings

Groups will be limited to 12 participants for each section, so get in touch today!