Peer Writing Groups

What is a Peer Writing Group?

A group of graduate students and postdocs from similar fields who read one another's works-in-progress and provide feedback and support.  PWGs are led by conveners and meet throughout the academic year.

What are the benefits?

  • A safe space to practice sharpening arguments, structuring ideas, and advancing your research.
  • Lessons in giving—and receiving—generous and productive criticism.
  • The opportunity to learn about other members' projects.
  • Bonus: A free set of external deadlines, proven to help move projects along!

A PWG does not provide editing or proofreading services.  It is not a substitute for taking a writing course, participating in writing workshops, or working with a tutor.

What are the responsibilities?

Group members must attend all group meetings, faithfully read colleagues' works-in-progress, and submit writing according to an agreed-upon schedule.  Peer Writing Groups meet once or twice monthly (3-4 hours total per month) over the academic year (October-March). Participation is free, but continued membership is contingent upon regular attendance.

For more details on the peer review process, please read the PDF icon graphos_guide_to_effective_peer_review.pdf.

Who can apply?

Any McGill Master's student, Doctoral student, or postdoctoral fellow.


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