Rutgers Writing Support Groups

Writing Support Groups address one of the core structural challenges of academic life: little day-to-day accountability for writing. You must teach at specific times; service commitments have deadlines. With writing, you can decide to postpone work on that writing project until tomorrow/next week/winter break, etc.

Listed below are existing groups with description for Fall 2017 and contact information. If you want to join a group, contact the faculty member. If you see a group description and think that you would like to do something similar but at different time or location, you can start your own. Click on the link to answer the questions about the criteria. We will contact you to discuss and get your group posted.

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Active Writing Support Groups

In Person Groups

Piscataway - Mondays - Thursdays, 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Contact: Mary Emenike mary.emenike@rutgers.edu 

Location: Busch Campus Center -ARC 336  

Dates:  9/11 - 12/14

Almost all days will be devoted to 1-hour of writing. However, the very first session ) will include 15 minutes of introductions and goal sharing, while the very last session will include 15-30 minutes of debrief and progress reporting

Piscataway - Tuesdays,1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 

Contact: Ping Xu  jx120@rwjms.rutgers.edu

​Location: Busch Campus - Pathology Library, 675 Hoes Ln, (2nd floor) Research Tower, 

This group will meet, in person, once a week for 2 hours. At the start of every session at check-in for 10 minutes, members can discuss their writing challenges and establish their goals for the session. Then, we will all write and for last 10 minutes we will have a check-out shared discussion about goals and techniques that worked.

New Brunswick - Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m.

Contact: Diane Fruchtman at dsf79@rci.rutgers.edu

Location:  -Loree Classroom Office Building - Room 131 -72 Lipman Drive

This group will meet, in person, once a week for two and a half hours. 10–15 minutes at the start of every session will be devoted to check-in, where members will discuss their writing challenges and establish their goals for the session. Then, we will all write for two hours, at the end of which there will be a 10-minute check-out, where members share whether they accomplished their stated goals and discuss what techniques worked and which did not. During the two writing hours, members may work in any location they choose, but there will be space for anyone who chooses to work in the company of others.

Camden - Wednesdays (bi- monthly begins 9/6)  12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact: Naomi Marmorstein at marmorst@camden.rutgers.edu

​Location: Writer's House – Camden campus-  1st floor conference room 

The group will meet 2 times per month on Wednesdays beginning 9/6/17. At the beginning of the writing session, we will share our manuscript goals (could be analysis, writing, or other tasks that help us towards getting manuscripts submitted). At the end of the session, we will share our progress towards our manuscript goals. 

Camden - Thursdays (bi- monthly begins 9/14)  9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Contact: Naomi Marmorstein at marmorst@camden.rutgers.edu

​Location: Writer's House – Camden campus-  2nd floor conference room -room 202

The group will meet 2 times per month on Thursdays beginning 9/14/17. At the beginning of the writing session, we will share our manuscript goals (could be analysis, writing, or other tasks that help us towards getting manuscripts submitted). At the end of the session, we will share our progress towards our manuscript goals. 

Virtual Groups

Daily weekday writing - 8:30 a.m.– 9 a.m.

Contact: Patricia Akhimie at patricia.akhimie@rutgers.edu

This group is designed to help members create and maintain a daily writing practice by establishing a set writing time every weekday morning when all members will log in virtually (by email or perhaps using a productivity app) and write for 30 minutes.  No feedback on work.