Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG)

Spring 2019 Applications are now available! 

Structured Writing Accountability Groups (SWAG)

SWAG works from the insight that it's incredibly powerful to develop communities of supportive accountability for academic writing. Participants commit to co-working together for three hours a week on Friday mornings. After the co-working session, participants share lunch and talk about their writing process, define goals, and collectively troubleshoot any roadblocks. A few times per quarter, UChicagoGRAD and the Writing Program offer plenary workshops on topics requested by participants: past workshop topics have included "Optimizing the Rest of the Week" and tips for using citation management software and writing software, like Evernote and Scrivener.

Spring 2019 SWAG 

The Spring Session of SWAG will be in session soon-- we invite you to finish the academic year by developing a writing community, reflecting on your writing practice, and making weekly progress on your writing goals! 

Session Dates

Spring SWAG will meet every Friday from April 12 until May 31.
The final meeting (Friday, May 31) will be a plenary wrap-up session, "SWAG for Summer Break." Participants will have the opportunity to share lunch with one another and discuss the particular circumstances of summer break, generating strategies for continuing their writing practices.

About SWAG and How to Apply

SWAG will provide you with an encouraging community of writers to help you develop an awareness of your writing process and make measurable progress toward your writing goals. SWAG is open to all graduate and professional school students and postdocs who are working on a major writing project (a dissertation chapter or proposal, a journal article, a thesis, etc.; shorter-term writing projects are not an ideal fit for this program). Please be aware that the SWAG's objectives and activities are tailored to the experiences of people from racial/ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds historically excluded from higher education. 

To express your interest in committing to the SWAG session, please fill out the form linked below. 

Apply now.
Applications are due by March 25, 2019 at 5pm CST.

These programs are co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, the Office of Student Support Services, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Diversity, UChicagoGRAD, and the Writing Program.