Dissertation Writing Group

Facilitated by Peers

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. This is a member benefit offered at no cost to GSA ESPO members.

Each small group (3 to 6 members) will meet virtually every other week for 1 to 1.5 hours (based on the number of participants in the group). 12-week-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 12-week term.
  • You must agree to and sign a statement to ensure confidentiality of other group members’ work/ideas.

2021 Session Dates for the Dissertation Writing Group and Pre-Proposal Writing Group:

Current participants can continue in their group for subsequent sessions.

  • Winter 2021 Session: Week of January 18 to April 17, 2021. Registration is closed.  
  • Summer 2021 Session: Week of May 24 to August 21, 2021. Registration is closed.
  • Fall 2021 Session: Week of September 13 to December 11, 2021. Registration will open July 5, 2021.


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