History Writing Group
History Writing Group – Help for History JP and Thesis Writers
History Writing Group (HWG) is an open forum for juniors and seniors to discuss specific issues that you might be having in the writing process, talk about where you need to be in that process (and how you can catch up), review departmental policies and procedures regarding research and citations, workshop parts of your independent work that you've already written, listen to the concerns of your fellow writers, or just have a quiet space in which to write. Drop-ins welcome!
This year's History Writing Adviser is Abigail Sargent (ams5@).
Virtual Group Meetings
Abigail Sargent will be holding virtual writing group meetings (dates and times to be announced shortly). These are meant to give you the motivational boost of a mini-boot-camp. We can set goals as we start out, and then come back together to debrief.
Just join the Slack channel (email Abigail for the link), and tell her and anyone else "there" what you're planning to work on, and for how long. You can join whenever you want and leave when you need to, but set yourself a goal reflective of how long you'll be focused on your project and really working. (In fact, it doesn't have to be just during the four-hour time frame, but she won't necessarily be monitoring it at other times.) This is a little more like how the dissertation boot camps work, so congrats on being promoted to an element of grad student life. Hopefully, it will be helpful to manufacture some solidarity as we move towards the thesis and J.P. deadlines.
We will offer the following types of events:
- Weekly Camaraderie: 1-hour Zoom slot for casual conversation about your projects, research, writing, discoveries, or frustrations.
- Weekly Writing Time: A 3-hour Zoom slot for writing “together.” We’ll set some goals at the beginning, and reconvene each hour to see how everyone’s doing (and welcome anyone who’s just joined). You can “come” for as little or as much time as you like.
- Zoom Boot Camps: Similar to writing time, but more intense and over the weekend. The first one will be held in November.
- Workshops: These will be via Zoom and will be recorded for anyone who can’t make the times.