OGPD Writing Program

The Summer 2021 OGPD Writing Program application is now open!

The Writing Program is a social support initiative that strives to create a peer support structure to (1) help students cope with feelings of isolation in the writing stage of their studies and (2) aid students in supporting each other in setting and reaching writing goals. Participants will need to be actively engaged in an academic writing project (thesis, dissertation, manuscript, qualifying exams, research papers, literature reviews, etc.) to be accepted into the program. 

For more information about the OGPD Writing Program, please see below.

Participants of the OGPD Writing Program WILL NOT be provided with writing feedback/editing and/or academic writing instruction by the program coordinator or their peers.
Looking to improve your academic writing skills? Check out our upcoming and recorded workshops and Communication competency page. You can also get one-on-one feedback on your writing (along with skills to develop) through UF’s Writing Studio. Here you can meet with an academic writing consultant up to twice a week for free to discuss your academic writing projects. Follow the link on the Writing Studio page to make an appointment in their TutorTrac app.

Contact Amanda Catron, Program Coordinator, Office of Graduate Professional Development at catron@ufl.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Dates: Week of May 17, 2021 - Week of August 2, 2021


  • TBD

Weekly Meeting Structure:

  • Weekly 90-minute meetings, divided into discussion groups of 4-5 students
  • In small groups, participants will:
    • Discuss the weekly topic, the previous week's writing goals, and set new writing goals for the coming week
    • Write for an hour
  • The Canvas classroom will host:
    • Writing group schedule
    • Discussion leader schedule
    • Weekly discussion topics
    • Resource page

Students selected to participate in the writing program will sign a contract indicating that they accept to:

  • Attend ALL 11 weekly meetings throughout the semester
  • Explore resources in the Canvas classroom
  • Complete group-designated tasks to ensure accountability
  • Be active participants in designated discussion groups by:
    • Writing for one hour each week while in their breakout rooms
    • Being prepared to discuss the weekly topic
    • Acting as discussion leader on specified weeks
    • Present one helpful writing resource to their group in week 5
    • Setting weekly writing goals
    • Holding each other accountable for reaching weekly writing goals

Students who complete ALL of the above requirements will have the option to receive an electronic certificate of participation at the end of the program.

NOTE: Personal feedback on or editing of writing samples and/or instruction on academic writing skills will not be provided to participants.

Week 1: Program Introduction: Setting Goals and Maintaining Accountability

Week 2: Starting to Write

Week 3: Self-Care and Productivity

Week 4: Weekly Accomplishments and Challenges

Week 5: Resource Share

Week 6: Writing Anxiety

Week 7: Developing a Writing Practice

Week 8: Writer's Block

Week 9: Strengths and Challenges as a Writer

Week 10: Revising Writing

Week 11: Wrap up

Click here to access the Writing Program application

Application Deadline: April 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

The application will ask for demographic information and your weekly availability. You will also be asked for the following information:

  • Thesis/Dissertation Topic or Title (30 word max)
  • Briefly describe the academic writing project you want to work on during the program (thesis, dissertation, manuscript, qualifying exams, etc.)  What are your writing goals for this project this semester? (100 word max)
  • Why do you want to join the writing program? (100 word max)

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status via their UF e-mail address by May 6, 2021

Contact Amanda Catron, Program Coordinator, Office of Graduate Professional Development at catron@ufl.edu if you have any questions or concerns.