A writing space for grad students

Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?

Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?

Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. 

Contents

How it works Small, informal and encouraging atmosphere for you to focus on your work and discuss your writing goals
Schedule Winter 2017
Registration To register, please contact Janelle Joseph with your preferences.
Grad Mentor Bio Christopher Kelleher
Grad Mentor Bio Harriet Akanmori
Grad Mentor Bio Jacob Hogan
Grad Mentor Bio Paula Karger
Grad Mentor Bio Bonnie Jane Maracle
Grad Mentor Bio Sandy Carpenter
Grad Mentor Bio Swapna Mylabathula

How it works

Groups of ten graduate students, with the support of a Learning Strategist and graduate mentor, provide a small, informal and encouraging atmosphere for you to focus on your work and discuss your writing goals.

Schedule — Winter 2017

Winter Graduate Writing Groups will begin on January 2 and run until April 30.

There is limited space available in the groups and your peers need you to be there for accountability and support, so please register only for groups (MAXIMUM 3) you can commit to attending each week. 
 

Mondays: 9:30a.m. - 12p.m., 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Tuesdays: 9:30a.m. - 12p.m.
Wednesdays: 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Thursdays: 9:30a.m. - 12p.m 1:30 – 4 p.m., 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
Sundays: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Registration

To register, please contact Janelle Joseph with your preferences. Email janelle.joseph [at] utoronto.ca.

Grad Mentor Bio

Christopher Kelleher

PhD Candidate, Department of English

Favorite Writing Quote: “But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which thousands, perhaps millions, think.” – Lord Byron

Favorite Non-Writing Activity: Traveling

Day & Time of my group: Sundays, 1:30-4 p.m.

Grad Mentor Bio

Harriet Akanmori

6th year Doctoral Candidate at OISE

Favorite Writing Quote: “Writing is its own reward.” – Henry Miller

Favorite Non-Writing Activity: I like to relax to instrumentals and classical music to de-stress at the end of the day

Day & Time of my group: Wednesdays 1:30-4 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Harriet Akanmori

Grad Mentor Bio

Jacob Hogan

PhD Candidate in Global History

Favorite Writing Quote: “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” – Henry David Thoreau

Favorite Non-Writing Activity: Watching my sister, Hannah, do stand-up comedy!

Day & Time of my group: Wednesday mornings, Thursday evenings, Friday afternoons, and Saturday mornings

Jacob Hogan

Grad Mentor Bio

Paula Karger

PhD Candidate, Comparative Literature
 
Favorite Writing Quote: "It's hard to beat someone who never gives up." – Babe Ruth
 
Favorite Non-Writing Activity: Running or walking on outdoor trails
 
Day & Time of my group: Mondays 1:30-4 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Paula Karger

Grad Mentor Bio

Bonnie Jane Maracle

Learning Strategist, First Nations House
 
Favorite Writing Quote: To get started, random write, brainstorm ideas!
 
Favorite Non-Writing Activity: I enjoy driving….I can get lost in thought.
 
Day & Time of my group: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Bonnie Jane Maracle

Grad Mentor Bio

Sandy Carpenter

PhD Candidate, Department of History

Favorite Writing Quote: "Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.” - Andre Lorde

Favorite Non-Writing Activity: My favourite non-writing activity is a two way tie between tending my plants and hanging with my cat herd.

Day & Time of my group: Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Grad Mentor Bio

Swapna Mylabathula

MD Candidate, University of Toronto

Favorite Writing Quote: Don't gobblefunk around with words". - Roald Dahl (This is actually from the BFG, and I like it because it reminds me to not get bogged down in trying to find the perfect word, but focus on the larger picture of what I'm trying to say)

Favorite Non-Writing Activity: Tied between playing music (violin & sitar) and playing hockey

Day & Time of my group: Sundays, 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Swapna Mylabathula