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 Summer 2017
Registration To register, please contact Janelle Joseph with your preferences.
Grad Mentor Bio Jacob Hogan
Grad Mentor Bio Paula Karger
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 — Summer 2017

Winter Graduate Writing Groups will begin on May 2 and run until August 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. 

Monday: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George St. room 306

Tuesday: 5:30-8 p.m. Room C, Student Success Centre, Koffler Student Services Building, 214 College St.

Wednesday: 1:30-4 p.m. at the Multifaith Centre (Koffler House), 569 Spadina, meeting room 310

Thursday: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George St. room 312

Thursday: 5:30-8 p.m. at the Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George St. room 312

Friday: 1:30-4 p.m. at Claude T. Bissell Building, 140 St. George St., room 312

Saturday: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Grad Room lower level, 66 Harbord Street

Sunday: 1:30-4 p.m., Grad Room lower level, 66 Harbord Street

Registration

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

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: Wednesdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thursdays 5:30-8 p.m., Fridays 1:30-4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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., Thursdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Paula Karger

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.” - Audre 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 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesdays 10 a.m.-12:30 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

Learning Strategies Specialist Bio

Janelle Joseph

Favourite Writing Quote: When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. (Audre Lorde)

Favourite Non-Writing Activity: Sweating – regardless of the locale: in a sauna, on a dancefloor, on a volleyball court, on a restaurant patio, in the Caribbean sea, or on a bicycle.

Day & Time of my group: Tuesdays 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesdays 1:30-4 p.m.

Janelle Joseph