Summer Writing Experience

SUMMER WRITING Experience For Graduate Students

Summer Writing Experience 2019

Graduate students are invited to be a part of the four-day summer writing experience! From July 16 to July 19, 2019 at Walwood Hall home of the Graduate College. Limited to the first 25 participants.

Graduate students

  • Are you behind on a writing project?
  • Do you need motivation, peer support, or accountability to complete your writing?
  • Has writer’s block stalled your progress?
  • Are you approaching a deadline for thesis, dissertation or an article?

Join us at Walwood Hall for four days of dedicated time to work on your writing project. Free food, fellowship, and focused writing time. You bring yourself, your computer, the writing project and we provide the snacks, space, and moral support. Come for one or all of the days. Prizes and giveaways each day.

Register or submit interest in the 2019 Summer Writing Experience 

The purpose of the summer writing experience is to encourage students to make progress on their writing by setting aside time to focus on and tackle a writing project.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, July 19 each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students may come for one or all of the days. Each day there will be writing time, short pop-up workshops, break for lunch, discussion of goals and accomplishments. You can bring your own lunch, go out for lunch, or we might surprise you and provide lunch.

WHO: WMU graduate students working on any writing project (thesis, dissertations, articles, papers, etc.) who want to make progress on their writing or might benefit from additional accountability and camaraderie.

WHAT: Four days of free snacks, fellowship, and fellow writers. The objectives of the summer writing experience are to:

  • Enjoy dedicated and focused time to work on a writing project
  • Generate goals and timeline for completion of a project
  • Connect or collaborate with other graduate students
  • Make progress on a specific writing goal(s)
  • Attend optional, short, pop-up workshops on various writing topics

WHERE: Graduate College, Walwood Hall (East Campus)

Please register or express interest so we can follow up with you. Limited to 25 students.


Sample daily schedule for the July summer writing experience

8:30 to 9 a.m.  - Arrival and set-up
9 to 9:20 a.m.  - Pop-up writing workshop on various topics
9:30 to 11:50 a.m.  - Writing time
11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.  - Group accountability check-in on progress
Noon to 1 p.m.  - Lunch
1 to 1:10 p.m.  - Focusing activity
1:15 to 3:30 p.m.  - Writing time
3:30 to 4 p.m.  - Accountability check-in, reflection and goal setting

Daily pop-up mini workshops include some of the following topics:

  • Getting started and goal setting
  • Blocks to the writing process
  • Thesis and dissertation formatting
  • Working with your advisor
  • Motivation and next steps

Not sure about attending?

  • But I work… Our four-day format turning a “typical” work day is intentional to give you intensive time away from daily work activities so you can focus on writing.
  • But I don’t know how to start: You can sign up, speak with your faculty advisor, chair, or writing mentor about your project. Try to come away from that conversation with three specific ways you can tackle your next writing steps.

Before you attend please brainstorm some of the following:

  • What writing project do I want to focus on for this week?
  • What progress have I made so far on this task?
  • What’s my biggest challenge or obstacle in inhibiting me to achieve my task (i.e., self-doubt, lack of direction, too busy, no quiet space, no time, connecting with my advisor, writing technique)?

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