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 GradsWrite (Virtual) for Spring 2021

Online registration opens February 16 and groups will close once capacity has been reached
For the Spring 2021 semester, the program will run for 10 weeks (February 22 – April 30)

GradsWrite is a writing support program coordinated by the Graduate School. The goal of GradsWrite is to provide a shared space to help graduate students accomplish their writing goals in a supportive setting.

Groups are peer-led by a graduate student. Groups meet weekly for a minimum of 30 minutes and focus on helping graduate students set and meet writing goals, with an emphasis on accountability and support. For Spring 2021, the following students have been selected as GradsWrite leaders:

  • Nigelle Cochran, English
  • Elizabeth Dorssom, Political Science
  • Deana Dothage, Public Affairs
  • Kenya Massey, Sociology
  • Blessing Okafor, Communication
  • Jessica Osaze, Health Management & Informatics
  • Osasu Osaze, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Kanishka Sikligar, Chemistry
  • Kerry Townsend, Information Science & Learning Technologies
  • Blake Willoughby, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Please note that GradsWrite is not a program that teaches students how to write, nor will editing be provided. Rather, this is a writing process focused support group that relies on the willingness or the leader and all group members supporting one another with ideas and honest feedback.

Tenets of the process

Maximum of 10 members in each group; emphasis on the value of groups being cross-disciplinary. Groups will be formed based on shared availability for meetings (days/times). Groups are encouraged to focus on the process of setting and meeting writing goals rather than focusing on actual content, i.e., this is not a program that teaches students how to write.

  • Group members will
    • Assist one another in setting realistic goals and commit to confidentiality
    • May track writing goals in a shared space to promote accountability
    • Commit to weekly attendance even if they have not met their academic goals
  • GradsWrite leaders will
    • Promote a respectful and comfortable group dynamic, keeping a consistent structure for meetings. The success of the program relies on the willingness of the leader and all group members supporting one another with ideas and honest feedback.

Contact
Laura Page, Ph.D., Director of Professional Development & Leadership, PageL@missouri.edu

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