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Workshops and Writing Groups

The Writing Studio is proud to introduce a new, online Writing Workshop Series, open to all Vanderbilt students, as well as new weekly writing group options for both graduate students and undergraduates. Below you can register for or find out more about both the workshops and writing groups.

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Quick Navigation of Workshop and Group Offerings

Fall 2021 Writing Workshop Series

View our Fall 2021 Writing Workshops flyer.

Application Essay Essentials

Monday, October 4th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Join us at the Writing Studio for a workshop focused on navigating the challenges of composing an application essay. We will explore what an application essay should be aiming to accomplish and consider what application reviewers hope to learn about you in reading it. As we will discuss, not all application essay prompts are the same, so we will be thinking broadly about different kinds of applications. Whatever your particular focus, you will leave this workshop with strategies for how to share your story with readers in an impactful, memorable way, whether you are just getting started or well on your way to a finished application.

Establishing a Healthy Writing Practice

Wednesday, October 20th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Do you feel overwhelmed or anxious when tasked with a writing assignment? Come explore how to create effective writing habits and get to the root of your anxiety by developing a healthy understanding of what it means to write and write well.

This workshop is appropriate for anyone who would like to develop or improve strategies for dealing with writing anxiety.

Tackling Extended Writing Projects

Thursday, November 4th, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Register via Anchor Link to receive Zoom meeting details.

Need help getting started or making progress on your extended writing project? Join us for a virtual workshop where you will learn the tools and strategies you need to set realistic goals, effectively manage your project, overcome writing roadblocks, and more.

This workshop is best suited for those working on extended writing projects during the fall semester – senior projects, honors theses, etc. It could also be beneficial to graduate students working on extended writing projects for the first time.

Fall 2021 Writing Groups

Graduate Writing Groups

This summer, the Writing Studio will offer weekly writing groups for graduate students and postdocs on Monday afternoons 2-5 and Friday mornings 9-12. Participants are welcome to attend one or both days and are encouraged to commit to attending each week of the summer session. During each weekly meeting, participants share their writing goals at the beginning of the session then check in again toward the end to share their progress. A Writing Studio facilitator is available on Zoom throughout to provide an additional sense of community and accountability. To participate, please complete the registration form. Questions? Please contact simone.mccarter@vanderbilt.edu.

In addition to weekly graduate writing groups, the Writing Studio offers support for graduate students interested in creating feedback-oriented writing groups. Although not required, peer review groups tend to work best when they are discipline-specific. If you are interested in creating a peer review group, please contact beth.a.estes@vanderbilt.edu for more information.