UMass Boston

Student Writing Groups & Retreats

The Writing Center organizes writing groups for students. These are accountability writing groups, designed to provide UMass Boston students from any discipline and at any stage of their studies with time and space to work on their writing in the company of others. We define writing broadly, so writing groups can be used to work on research, creative writing, reading for class, studying, data analysis, revision, brainstorming, drafting, reading, and any other part of the writing process. We start each writing group with a short goal-setting conversation and wrap up by celebrating our accomplishments. Since these are accountability writing groups, participants don’t exchange writing, instead, we work independently. The writing groups provide accountability and community. Learn more about our current writing group offerings on this page. 

We host graduate writing retreats to help graduate students commit to regular writing and build community with fellow students. Information about upcoming retreats will be posted on this page and on our events page. 

Fall 2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Student Writing Group: 

We’re offering an accountability writing group for graduate and undergraduate students that meets in person and on zoom. We meet from 10am-12:30pm every Monday in Campus Center, fourth floor, room 4201 and on Zoom. The first session is September 18, and the last session will be December 11.

Please register to attend. You only need to register once, and you’ll receive an email with more information and the zoom link ahead of the writing group. Participants don’t have to attend every writing group nor stay the whole time. These writing groups are meant to work around your schedule, so come and go as you’re able. 

Writing Center

Main location: Campus Center, First Floor, Room 1300
Boston, MA 02125 USA