Time to make resolutions for a productive new year! Winter 2014 Thesis Writers’ Group begins this month.
To follow up on the summer’s successful pilot group, the Thesis Writers’ Group will meet once per month during the winter term to discuss thesis-writing goals and challenges. The purpose of this group is to support writing and productivity, to encourage effective goal setting, and to establish accountability for grad students writing a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation.
Peer review in the writers’ group is a meaningful exercise where all parties submit writing for discussion and thoughtfully respond to this writing in small groups (where possible, categorized by sciences, social sciences, and humanities). This review process is reflective and grounded in the premise that careful and purposeful reading can lead to better writing. All participants must submit one piece of writing (10-15 pages) and review the work of 2-3 group members once per month, offering feedback on writing with particular focus on clarity, organization, integration of evidence, and style, not interpretation or argument.
In addition to monthly meetings, all participants will have access to blackboard for sharing files, downloading handouts on the writing process, and communicating with group members. This online support may offer accessible solutions for students who are unable to attend meetings.
The first meeting of the term is tentatively planned for the week of January 20-24, 2014. Please register before January 10, 2014: https://trentu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bloRARPlIezaQUB
The thesis writers’ group is facilitated by the Academic Skills Centre. For further information, please contact ASC instructor, Erin Stewart Eves (email@example.com).