Writing Groups

Take your writing to new heights!

Writing groups are a great way to meet other researchers and discuss your work.

They also offer an opportunity to set and meet your writing goals in a group environment.

Sessions are open to staff and students from all Faculties.

Here is what some of our regulars say about writing group sessions:

  • I am so happy to have found this!
  • It provides a really good community and that is one of the most important things, especially at this time
  • You keep accountable and on track with the work you are doing with peers who have done or are doing something similar and get to share these moments

Thesis Writing Group

The Office of Research Services and Graduate Studies is providing Higher Degree Research candidates with the opportunity to join an online Thesis Writing Group (TWG). The meetings will be run via Zoom.

More information.

Writing Bootcamps

Writing Bootcamps are held monthly. We meet online and spend dedicated time working alongside other researchers to independently progress research and/or writing goals (usually 10am-4pm at the end of each month). This may be critically reviewing and summarising the literature, writing up findings, redrafting a chapter, mapping the methodology, or writing a journal article. Everyone is welcome. Register via the Professional Development Calendar.

Shut Up & Write

Shut Up & Write!  (SUW!) is an online meeting to help focus your writing efforts and support you in a group environment. You may find these meetings useful to:

  • make your research writing more focused, efficient or effective
  • protect or ‘quarantine’ time for your research writing, away from distractions
  • build a sense of community around your writing
  • overcome procrastination and increase motivation

The idea of SUW! comes from San Francisco. Originally it was aimed at non-academic writers such as creative writers and journalists. Writers would (and still do) meet in a cafe for a solid hour of writing, followed by a break and coffee and then another block of writing.

The popularity of this technique among academics has been spreading in Australia and the rest of the world in the last few years, particularly for doctoral candidates and other research writers.

SUW! meeting times

The SUW! Meeting times are below. Join via the Professional Development Calendar. Choose the session(s) you are interested in and just turn up. Please note that the regular sessions listed below are facilitated by the Academic Literacy Coordinator.

  • Monday 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm

How often can you attend?

Some people are ‘regulars’, but many people come to meetings only when they are in an intensive writing stage, or when there is a deadline coming up. You can come to one or all of the sessions, for the whole day, an hour or anything in between!

Who attends?

Sessions are for HDR candidates but also for anyone who just wants to dedicate focused time to progress their research goals.

  • Doctoral candidates and other research students
  • Staff undertaking research degrees at other universities
  • Staff working on publications and other writing projects
  • Others working on writing projects, such as Honours students and creative writers, or anyone else who would like to join
  • People who are on campus, off campus, interstate or overseas. Being on-line allows anyone, anywhere to join.

Run and facilitate your own writing group

Generally, writing group meetings follow the Pomodoro technique, which has been used for close to 30 years, to boost focus and productivity. The link for the SUW! sessions can be used anytime. Follow the guidelines below to run and facilitate your own writing group session and progress your writing goals with your peers.

  1. Meetings start with a brief chat, with each person introducing themselves and recording their writing goals for the session.
  2. Set a timer for a 25-45-minute writing sprint of uninterrupted writing time (or reading, data analysis, or other work).
  3. After each writing sprint, have a 5-minute break to chat and check in on your progress and achievements.
  4. Rinse and repeat this pattern 3 or 4 times before a longer break and start again.

Contact us

For any questions, please contact Academic Literacy Coordinator.