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.
Winter 2019 SWAG Applications are now closed.
The Winter Session of SWAG is in session (January 18-March 15)! If you missed the Winter application deadline, please apply in the Spring.
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 SWAGs' objectives and activities are tailored to the experiences of people from racial/ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds historically excluded from higher education.
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.