We believe that peer-feedback is a great way to enhance your writing. As a result, we offer the writing group service. The group will meet weekly for up to 3 hours per session at a designated location at the university. It comprises students from a variety of language backgrounds, degree levels and disciplines all coming together to work on various writing assignments. The groups will start shortly after the start of the semester, so that students are aware of their writing assignments.
How it works:
In order to be a member of the group, you must be working on a piece of writing. You will be required to bring your work to each group session. In the first session, students will introduce themselves and provide details about their writing. At this point, students are asked to think critically about the help they need and form groups accordingly in the next meeting. We encourage students to work with someone who is from another faculty or field of study. This pushes students to be clearer in their writing, since the readers will not be privileged to field-specific details.
There will be a writing professional who may provide a particular writing strategy at the beginning of each meeting. Students will be given an opportunity to use this strategy and provide feedback to each other. Each session may have a different focus, but each group gets to decide how the time should be spent – whether it is writing, reading, providing feedback, or having a discussion.
- First session – Introduction to writing stages, exploring writing strategies, writing assignment synopsis and group guidelines
- Second session – Group formation, group dynamics and support, time management and collaboration tools
- Third session - Introduction to text feedback
- Other sessions – May include: instructor input, group work, writing, reading, feedback (anything the group decides)
The members of the group are responsible for each other. Therefore, it is in everyone’s interest to ensure attendance.