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Why participate in an ongoing writing group?
- Committing to a writing group helps to hold you and your peers accountable for showing up and working on your writing projects.
- Engaging with peers who are actively working on writing projects can provide a supportive atmosphere where you can share tips and tricks for best writing practices.
- The routine of setting goals each meeting can help you to create a habit of recording your priorities in a way that facilitates realistic daily task lists.
- Group discussions about the research and writing process provide a space for reflexive discussion that can aid in the development of a writing strategy toolbox to use when writing outside of your group meetings.
- The writing group provides a time and space to push your writing and explore other ways of approaching your writing project in a supportive setting amongst peers.
How to participate in an ongoing writing group?
- Committing to a writing group requires that you are dedicated to the team of peers with which you write. It is important to maintain a regular meeting schedule that participants adhere to. This will help to get you writing on days you would rather procrastinate.
- The group facilitator is responsible for sending out reminders, following-up with group members who are absent, and guiding the process of the meeting. The facilitator role can be assigned to one group member or alternated between members. In any case, there should always be someone in charge of keeping time and managing the process.
Where do we meet now that CGU is following an Online Flex model?
- Depending on your group’s preferences, members can participate virtually through Zoom, Google, Skype, or any other online meeting space that the group agrees upon.
- Meeting goals can be shared virtually through group participation in a single Google doc or spreadsheet with other group members. This could work as an ongoing log so that members could see what others are working on and members could reference their progress by referring to previous meeting notes as time goes on.
- The group should connect via an online platform at the start of each session, discuss their daily goals, and move into the writing block.
- The group can determine whether to stay logged in or to log off during writing blocks. Everyone should log back in during the break and closing to discuss their progress and action steps for the next meeting.