Write it. Write Here.

Need to get that paper out? Make progress on your thesis or dissertation? Prepare that fellowship app? Then join us for Write Here!, a series of structured writing sessions to help you make progress on your writing goals.


Join us for goal setting and writing sessions every week or every once in a while. No registration needed, just show up.

 

Session Dates:

For the current schedule, see the Write Here! Google Calendar

 

Summer 2022

Sessions meet via Zoom- see #writehere channel in slack or google calendar for links; some in person options may be available 

Mondays (through June)

2-4 pm (join when you are able)

Tuesdays

2-6 pm (join when you are able)

 

Additional days and times may be added depending on facilitator availability!  (become a facilitator)

 

No Registration needed! Just show up and write (or work on slides, etc.).

Learn how to become a WriteHere! facilitator and get a cv line while getting your work done on your schedule.

 

The show up and write punch card system was adapted from CSU Writes.

  • Sample Schedule

    Sample schedules

    2 hour session v.1 (most sessions)

    10 minute goal setting & Slack check in

    25 minutes writing

    5 minute break

    25 minutes writing

    5 minute break

    25 minutes writing

    10 minute goal & Slack check in

     

    2 hour session v.2

    Goal setting & check in in Slack before session start time

    25 minutes writing

    5 minute break 

    25 minutes writing

    5 minute break

    25 minutes writing

    5 minute break

    25 minutes writing

    Progress check in Slack

     

    1.5 hour session 

    Goal setting & check in in Slack

    25 minutes writing

    5 minute break 

    25 minutes writing

    5 minute break

    25 minutes writing

    Progress check in Slack

  • Zoom sessions

    In general, Write Here! sessions should provide a productive space for attendees. Zoom Write Here! sessions try to create a structured atmosphere focused on productive writing. We work in short writing sprints with breaks to allow periods of focus. During the writing sprints (25 minutes), attendees are asked to remain quiet, not talk, minimize noise, and focus on writing. On zoom, everyone usually mutes audio and video during the writing sprint. We suggest closing all email programs and making sure your phone won't be a distraction by putting it away on silent and out of sight. Avoid getting up during the 25 minute blocks if possible. After each 25 minute work period there is a 5 minute break. Your facilitator will unmute- often both audio and video to tell you when it is break time and will let you know when the next writing sprint will happen so you won't have to time it yourself. During breaks, take a break. Get away from your writing/work, stretch or exercise if you are able. It can help you focus again in the next block.  During breaks, attendees often chat with one another and check in on their progress. 

    Do I have to use video?

    Nope. You are welcome and encouraged to turn on video during the breaks and intro, but it isn't required to participate.

    Do I have to register or sign in?

    Write Here! sessions require no advanced registration. However, facilitators are asked to report attendance to the GWL so your facilitator may ask that you use your UVA zoom account to join the session or privately send them your uva email address for this purpose. This helps us track how popular these events are, plan our space reservations and more. It also help us verify attendance that matches your punch card. Attendees usually introduce themselves at the start of sessions and go over goals. This can be done using audio or via the chat feature if needed.

  • In Person Sessions

    In general, Write Here! sessions should provide a productive space for attendees. This means a balance of what you need and what your fellow writers need. In person Write Here! sessions try to create a fairly quiet atmosphere focused on productive writing. We work in short writing sprints with breaks to allow period of focus. During the writing sprints (25 minutes), attendees are asked to remain quiet, not talk, minimize noise, and focus on writing. We suggest closing all email programs and making sure your phone won't be a distraction. Avoid getting up during the 25 minute blocks if possible. During breaks, take a break. Get away from your writing, stretch or exercise if you are able. It can help you focus again in the next block. Because we know there will be some noise with a group of people typing on keyboards, many attendees may find headphones or earplugs beneficial.

    Can I listen to music?

    Sure! Just use headphones and try to keep it at a level where you are the only one who can hear it.

    Do I have to register or sign in?

    Write Here! sessions require no registration. However, we ask you do sign in on the attendance sheet provided by the facilitator. This helps us track how popular these events are, plan our space reservations and more. It also help us verify attendance that matches your punch card. 

    How do I make progress on my punch card?

    Bring your card to each session you attend and have the facilitator date & sign it. Also be sure to sign in on the attendance sheet.

  • What to bring

    Bring what you need to write. This probably includes

    • laptop
    • charger/extension cord/power strip - depending on location
    • notes
    • author guidelines
    • your Write Here! punch card

    You might also want to bring

    headphones or ear plugs

    Keep in mind you will be in the company of others who expect a quiet space to write.

Meet our WriteHere! Facilitators

WriteHere! facilitators volunteer to lead weekly show up and write sessions. They work with the director to manage, schedule, and advertise their sessions and keep time and records each week.

  • Online Resources

    The Graduate Writing Lab has compiled a selection of online resources relevant to the writing and communication needs of UVA Engineering graduate students.

    View Online Resources
  • Get Involved

    The Graduate Writing Lab provides a number of opportunities for faculty, post docs, and graduate students to get involved. Those with research or grant writing experience might considering being on a panel or leading a workshop. Future opportunities may exist for assisting with research projects, text cleaning, text analysis, qualitative coding, resource development, consultant training and more. See our current opportunities including position announcements by following the link below.

    See Current Opportunities