Chair with pillow and blanket

Group meeting times:

  • UI writing group (open to all UI scholars focused on a writing project) — Mondays, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
  • UI writing group (open to all UI scholars focused on a writing project) — Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Graduate student writing group — Thursdays, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

This program offers companionship and accountability to University of Iowa artists, scholars, and researchers working on any kind of academic writing project (ex. academic articles/essays, fellowship or grant applications, book projects, edited volumes, or nonfiction) who want dedicated time, a cozy space, and a community for the practice of writing.

In Spring 2024, these small, write-on-site groups will continue to meet in our Writers' Attic at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at 111 Church St. Groups will meet once a week for one and a half hours, beginning the week of February 5, 2024. Weekly writing sessions will include brief check-ins, goal setting, and sustained writing time—along with warm appreciation and support for the demanding work of scholarly writing. We will host a dedicated session for graduate students, as well as sessions open to anyone in the University of Iowa academic community. The writing space is deliberately small and cozy, so we have spaces for only 10 writers per group.

Applications for this program closed on January 29, 2024.

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Reflections from members of Fall 2023 writing groups:

“Finding time in the week to write, especially when busy with teaching and other responsibilities, is incredibly hard, and the writing group helped immensely getting me into a regular writing rhythm, both during and outside our weekly meetings, which markedly increased my productivity throughout the semester. I wish I’d had this even earlier in my dissertation process and can’t recommend it enough for those getting started on major writing projects.” 

"This semester I began preparing myself for comps and was quite worried about holding myself accountable to my reading and writing schedule. Attending the writing group provided some much needed structure into my weekly schedule. Knowing that I had a quiet and cozy spot to co-work with peers each week really helped me stay motivated. I enjoyed getting to know some new folks from different departments and it was incredibly validating to be able to share some writing challenges with others in similar positions."