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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.

Instructors: Are you looking for our In-Class Workshop Offering and Request Form, one of the ways the Writing Studio supports faculty and the teaching of writing?

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Undergraduate Focused Programming

Graduate Student Focused Programming


Undergraduate Focused Workshops and Groups

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Writing Workshops and Writing Groups

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Workshops

To register, follow the link embedded in your preferred day and time for each workshop.

Application Essay Essentials

Workshop day and time:

September 11th (Fri), 3:00 – 4:00 PM

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.

Transitioning to College Writing

Workshop day and time:

September 15th (Tues), 7:00 – 8:00 PM

September 28th (Mon), 5:00 – 6:00 PM

What do college professors expect from writing? This workshop will discuss the conventions and expectations of academic writing and provide tools for understanding the various kinds of writing you will be asked to do across your college courses.

Tackling Extended Undergraduate Writing Projects: Tools and Strategies for Effective Project Management

Workshop day and time:

September 21st (Mon), 3:00 – 4:00 PM

October 27th (Tues), 1:00 – 2:00 PM

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.


Workshop day and time:

October 8th (Thurs), 4:00 – 5:00 PM

October 22nd (Thurs), 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Ever have a difficult time getting started writing? This workshop will help you find traction and focus during the brainstorming phase of writing. We’ll work through several exercises designed to help you generate new ideas and then sharpen and develop the most promising.

Revision Strategies 101

Workshop day and time:

October 12th (Mon), 6:00 – 7:00 PM

November 3rd (Tues), 2:00 – 3:00 PM

So you have a rough draft – now what? This workshop will equip you with tools to revise a paper you’ve already drafted, focusing on large-scale revisions to strengthen your argument, analysis, and structure.

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Writing Groups

Need weekly accountability and support? Weekly writing groups give you the opportunity to talk about your writing projects in a supportive community of peers. To build community and accountability, group members are encouraged to commit to attending each weekly meeting for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester.  Groups will be held on Tuesdays at 7 PM and Thursdays at 11 AM, beginning the week of September 21st. You are welcome to join one or both groups.

Group meetings will begin with a 20-minute check-in to set goals, report progress, troubleshoot challenges, and get the encouragement you need to keep writing. After the group discussion, you will have the option to stick around and write for another 90 minutes. A Writing Studio consultant will be available for mini-consultations if you get stuck! Finally, the meeting will close with an optional 10-minute check-out to celebrate your accomplishments and plan for the week ahead.

To sign up for an undergraduate writing group, please fill out the registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Estes at

Graduate-Focused Workshops and Groups

The Writing Studio is pleased to offer writing workshops to graduate students and postdocs on Zoom during the fall semester. These workshops provide tools and strategies for writers working on advanced writing projects and cover a range of topics. To participate in a workshop, please complete a registration form.

Fall 2020 Graduate Workshops

All workshops will be offered through Zoom on the following Fridays from 1-2 pm :

September 18: Establishing and Maintaining a Writing Practice

October 9: Revision Tools for Reorganizing Large Projects

October 30: Editing Tools: Practical Approaches to Revising at the Sentence Level

December 4: Reading as a Writer: Strategies for Offering and Integrating Feedback

For more information about graduate writing workshops, please contact

Fall 2020 Graduate Writing Groups

This fall, the Writing Studio will offer weekly writing groups for graduate students and postdocs on Monday afternoons 2-5 and Friday mornings 9-12. Students are welcome to attend one or both days and are encouraged to commit to attending each week of the six-week session. Sessions begin with a brief 10-minute check-in on Zoom during which participants are invited to share their writing goals for the session. Participants then check in again at 11:50 to share their progress. A Writing Studio facilitator is available on Zoom throughout each session to provide an additional sense of community and accountability. To participate, please complete the registration form.

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 for more information.

For more information about graduate writing groups, please contact