Writing Groups

Take your writing to new heights!

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

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

Sessions are open to staff and Graduate Research students (including Honours) 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 provides Graduate Research candidates the opportunity to join an annual online Thesis Writing Group (TWG). Meetings are run via Zoom and an announcement will go out for expressions of interest when each new round opens.

Writing Bootcamps

Writing Bootcamps are held every month (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday - usually between 10am-4pm). We meet online and spend dedicated time working alongside other researchers to independently progress research and/or writing goals. 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. No need to register, just pop this link into your calendar: https://charlessturt.zoom.us/j/66959665859?pwd=Nmo4RHpuT0pOekJ1Q3RvQWt5c2RPUT09.

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

No need to register, just pop this link as a reminder into your calendar -

  • Monday 10:00am-12:00noon
  • Thursday 10:00am-12:00noon
  • Saturday  2:00pm-5:00pm

How often can you attend?

As often as you like! Some people are ‘regulars’, but many people come to sessions 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 primarily for Graduate Research 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 Charles Sturt or (sometimes) other universities
  • Staff working on publications and other writing projects
  • Others working on writing projects, such as Honours students and creative writers
  • Anyone else who would like to join a session to focus on their work
  • People who are on campus, off campus, interstate or overseas. Being online 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 by anyone to run your own session. Follow the guidelines below to 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. Repeat this pattern 3 or 4 times before a longer break and start again.

Contact us

For any questions, please contact Researcher Literacy Officer.