OGPD Writing Program

The Fall 2021 OGPD Writing Program application is now closed.

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 August 30, 2021 - Week of November 15, 2021

Times:

  • Wednesdays 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Weekly Meeting Structure:

  • Weekly 90-minute meetings (60 minutes will be devoted to individual writing)
  • Students will be divided into discussion groups of 4-5 students
  • In these 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

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST ATTEND THE FIRST MEETING OF THE PROGRAM TO PARTICIPATE, EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE CANNOT BE MADE.

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

  • Attend ALL 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
    • Acting as discussion leader on specified weeks
    • Present one helpful writing resource to their group during resource share
    • 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 and Accountability (no writing this week)

Week 2: SMART Goals

Week 3: Starting to Write

Week 4: Self-Care and Productivity

Week 5: Weekly Accomplishments and Challenges

Week 6: Resource Share

Week 7: Writing Anxiety

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

The Fall 2021 Writing Program Application is now closed.


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 of the OGPD Writing Program must commit to attending each meeting (90 minutes, once a week) to provide and receive support from other graduate students.
  • Participants are expected to actively participate in discussions before the 60 minutes of writing begins.
Looking for less commitment, but to still have designated writing times each week?
  • Check out our virtual drop-in writing hours, Write Time! Write Time is your time to be productive in the company of others trying to do the same. No registration or commitment is necessary to attend Write Time. Simply join the Zoom meeting during the designated times and start writing!
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?

The OGPD Writing Program application will ask for demographic information and your weekly availability. 

You will also be asked for the following information:

  • Capstone/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)
  • What would be the focus of your ideal discussion group? (social support, setting and reaching writing goals, or both)

All applicants will be notified of their acceptance status via their UF e-mail address by August 20, 2021 and must return their signed contracts by August 25, 2021 at 12 p.m. EST.

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