OGPD Writing Program

The Spring 2021 OGPD Writing Program application is now open.

Link to application

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 a writing project (thesis, dissertation, manuscript, qualifying exams, research papers, literature reviews, etc.) to be accepted into the program. Participants WILL NOT be provided with writing feedback/editing and/or academic writing instruction by the program coordinator or their peers.

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

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

Dates: Week of January 25, 2021 - Week of April 12, 2021

Time: TBD

  • Weekly 90-minute meetings, divided into discussion groups of 4-7 students
  • In small groups, participants will:
    • Discuss the weekly topic
    • Write for an hour
    • Discuss the previous weeks’ writing goals and set new writing goals for the coming week
  • The Canvas classroom will host:
    • Writing group schedule
    • Discussion leader schedule
    • Weekly discussion topics
    • Collaboration pages for each small discussion group
    • Resource page

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

  • Attend ALL 12 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 6
    • 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: Meet and Greet

Week 2: Starting to Write

Week 3: Writing Anxiety

Week 4: Self-Care and Productivity

Week 5: Writing Process

Week 6: Resource Share

Week 7: Weekly Accomplishments and Challenges

Week 8: Developing a Writing Practice

Week 9: Writer's Block

Week 10: Strengths and Challenges as a Writer

Week 11: Revising Writing

Week 12: Wrap up

Application is now open!

Applications are due Friday, January 15, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.

Link to Application

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 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)

Participants will be notified of their acceptance status via their UF e-mail address.

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