Writing Days

The Writing Institute offers free writing days for graduate students throughout the year. They are on Saturdays during Fall and Spring Terms and on Fridays during Summer Term. The days are designed to help writers feel a sense of community as we cope with current events and work in support of our professional goals. They are open to any students who have participated in a one-day Project Workshop or a 5-day Project Camp. Eligible participants are notified via our listserv.

Our writing days include check ins, and you will be able to make an appointment to talk to someone about your process if you wish.

The writing days will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m in-person at the Writing Center. We understand that you may have other responsibilities right now, so you are welcome to jump in at any point during the day. The days will be structured like this:

  • 9:00 Meet, share goals for day, make a goal for next 2 hours
  • 9:30-11:30 Writing time
  • 11:30-noon Follow up on how the session went...goals for next writing block (after lunch)
  • 12:00-1:00 Lunch or walk
  • 1:00-3:30  Writing time
  • 3:30-4:00 Follow up conversation, resource and strategy share

Facilitator Ellen Smith is available for individual consultations with you on your writing. These consultations will take place during the writing blocks. To arrange for this, contact Ellen prior to the 9 a.m. start of the writing day to schedule a time.