Dissertation Writing Group

Facilitated by Peers

Free for GSA ESPO members

Is your dissertation getting you down? Can’t quite get started? Or can’t quite finish? Are you raring to go, but would like some feedback along the way?

Join an exclusive GSA ESPO members-only peer-led dissertation writing group for a supportive environment in which to exchange critical feedback, push past procrastination, and stay accountable to your goals.

Each small group (3 to 6 members) will meet via Skype every other week for 1 to 1.5 hours (based on the number of participants in the group). Semester-long commitment requested. Daytime and evening groups available.

Here are some things you will do as part of the group:

  • Create a writing schedule with measurable goals.
  • Report on goals each session to stay accountable.
  • Provide your writing for review and contribute feedback on group members’ writing.
  • Support each other through the sharing of resources and ideas.
  • Troubleshoot challenges.


  • You must maintain valid ESPO membership throughout the semester-long writing group.
  • You can be anywhere in your dissertation process through your defense, but you must at least be at the writing stage (or about to write your concept paper or proposal).
  • Meetings and writing samples must be in English.
  • You must commit to participate in the group for the full semester term.
  • You must agree to and sign a statement to ensure confidentiality of other group members’ work/ideas.
  • Skype is required to participate in the meetings.


Non-members and members who are in the earlier phases of their dissertation (i.e., planning, data collection, pre-proposal) are not eligible to join a dissertation writing group. However, they are encouraged to learn about the opportunity and plan to join once they enter an active-writing phase of their work.

12 week Session Dates for 2019: (participants can continue in their group for subsequent sessions)

  • Register now for the 2019 Winter Session: Week of January 22 to April 12, 2019; registration deadline is January 4, 2019.
  • Summer 2019 Session: Week of May 28 to August 16, 2019. Registration period is March 21 to May 10, 2019.
  • Fall 2019 Session: Week of September 17 to December 6, 2019. Registration period is July 10 to August 30, 2019.


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