Registration for Fall'18 Writing Groups will open August 20th! Fill out the survey (pending) to reserve your spot.
If you are looking for more immediate support, please sign-up for an individual consultation at osu.mywconline.com. Individual consultations are open to undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty.
When registering, you will be asked to indicate your ranked-order of preference for the writing group(s) you would like to join. Please note, acceptance will be based on a first-come first-serve basis; past group attendance will also be taken into consideration. You will be informed if you have been assigned a group, via email and then contacted by your facilitator shortly before the first meeting. Start and end dates are included below with meeting times and group descriptions. Open writing hours are flexible and registration is not required, however, we would like to track general interest in this new service so please include it in your ranked preference. All remaining applicants will be put on a wait-list to be contacted if space opens up in that group.
If you are unable to be placed in a group but would like to start your own group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, resources, and a one-on-one consultation.
The Writing Center also provides various workshops during the semester; to request a specific workshop, please contact email@example.com for more information. Please consider using alternative Writing Center resources such as individual appointments, walk-in appointments, and online appointments to continue developing your writing!
Accountability and goal setting groups will run all semester and comprise agenda setting and writing at a regular time and place with a consistent group of other committed writers.
Feedback groups will run the full length of the semester, with an opportunity individuals to be placed mid-semester; all writers will both receive AND provide feedback. All writers will be given the opportunity to have their own writing reviewed twice during the sessions. All writers will also learn how to recognize and focus on healthy writing habits and patterns both in their own writing as through the writing of other group members. Attendance is required.
Online groups will run all semester. Video Lessons on topics related to the writing process, writing motivation, and writing strategies, are posted each week. Group members must participate each week by watching the video lesson, completing an optional assignment, participating in the discussion thread, or browsing the resources on the course site.
Open writing hours (NEW) do not have mandatory weekly attendance. All sessions take place in 4108 Smith Lab. No facilitator will be provided. Those interested in an independent work space and in meeting other writers and researchers from throughout the University ought to select this option. Weekly meetings start Wednesday January 10th and run through the last day of courses.
Postdoc and Graduate (all levels) Writing Feedback, In-Person (Tuesday, 12:00PM-1:30PM):
Looking for feedback on your writing? Want to see how other scholars on campus write for various audiences? This group is for postdocs and Ph.D. candidates who want to improve their writing on any genre--from grant proposals to dissertations to journal articles. The group will meet weekly throughout the fall and be comprised of writers from a variety of disciplines and led by a facilitator from the OSU Writing Center. In addition to gaining valuable feedback on your writing, you will gain skills in reading and responding to others' writing, skills that you can take with you into later teaching and collaborative writing projects. This group is explicitly for those who want to both receive feedback and learn about the process of giving feedback to colleagues across the disciplines. The group will run through our scheduling software, WCOnline (osu.mywconline.com).
Postdoc and Graduate (all levels) Accountability and Goal Setting, In-Person (Monday 11:00AM-1:00PM; Thursday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM):
Are you struggling with meeting deadlines or are unable to set aside time to write? Then, the in-person accountability group is for you! A writing center facilitator will share writing resources, offer time management suggestions, and provide other resources for long-term writing projects. However, this group will center on setting and meeting weekly goals with minimal intervention on the part of the facilitator (unless requested!) So, if you need support while you finish that dissertation chapter but also value time to write, please consider this group.
Postdoc and Graduate (all levels) Accountability and Goal Setting, ONLINE (flexible meeting time with scheduled check-ins Tuesday, 2:00 PM):
Are you struggling with meeting deadlines or are unable to set aside time to write? Do you want support but can't come to campus regularly? Then, the online accountability group is for you! A writing center facilitator will share writing resources, offer time management suggestions, and provide other resources for long-term writing projects. However, this group will center on setting and meeting weekly goals with minimal intervention on the part of the facilitator (unless requested!) So, if you need support while you finish that dissertation chapter but also value time to write, please consider this group. It will run through both WCOnline (osu.mywconline.com) and a Carmen-Canvas shell.
NEW: Open Writing Hours, all are welcome (Wednesday 2:00 - 4:00):
Looking for a space to write outside of your apartment or shared office? Interested in meeting writers and researchers from outside of your academic discipline? Consider attending our NEW weekly open writing hours in 4108 Smith Lab. This is unscheduled open time where graduate, postdoctoral, and other advanced writers are welcome to bring their projects and work independently or collaboratively. There will be no regular writing center facilitator. Just come to the front desk and ask a consultant to unlock the room!
If there are open hours in the one-on-one Smith Lab writing center schedule, we would be happy to provide a general writing consultant for support on setting-up a WCOnline account, scheduling a one-on-one appointment, or for quick feedback on a portion of a document. Those interested in setting-up writing groups in their home department are also welcome to attend open writing hours at the WC to connect with a WC consultant and get feedback and insight into the process of running writing groups. Again, this is far less structured time than other writing group types so this is for those who work independently but seek a community of writers and general support for long-term writing projects. Weekly attendance is not mandatory but if an individual wants additional support for running writing groups, independent on the writing center, or writing feedback, they will need to communicate directly with the writing group assistant coordinator.