Our Spring 2017 peer review groups are now in session!
Research Paper Writing in the Sciences - Click here for more information and to register with this group.
Dissertation Writing in the Humanities - Click here for more information and to register with this group.
NIH F31 Fellowship Writing - Click here for more information and to register with this group.
Check this space for future opportunities to join a peer review group!
Types of groups
Peer-Review Groups provide a safe, low-stress environment to try out new ideas, share your written work in progress, and receive feedback at any stage of writing.
There are three types of Peer-Review Groups: dissertation writing, research paper writing, and fellowship application writing. Dissertation Writing Groups are generally semester-long, but can also become year-long. Research Paper Writing and Fellowship Application Groups generally last a few months and are scheduled dependent upon deadlines.
How can I join a Peer-Review Group?
About 4-5 groups are organized every semester, and members are at roughly the same stage of their graduate student careers. The groups are facilitated by the Graduate Writing Lab Advisors and Fellows, who organize and plan meetings, create the schedule of presentations, monitor attendance, and lead the discussion.
We open new writing groups during the first two weeks of each semester. Groups are advertised through the Graduate Writing Lab newsletter sent to all registered GSAS students and appear on our website. Please contact our staff to inquire about available Peer-Review Groups for the semester and pre-register through the links on this page.
What happens during weekly meetings?
At the first meeting, the group members decide the day and time of their weekly meetings and discuss the rules for the group. They also set their schedule and agree on best practices for feedback. At each weekly meeting, two or three members present written work for detailed feedback. The members of the group have reciprocal obligations – you give me feedback this week, and I will read your paper next week.
How can I benefit from these groups?
Being part of a Peer-Review Group will not only help you keep your writing progress on track, but also allows you to workshop ideas, improve your written communication, and receive constructive feedback from an interdisciplinary audience, something which you possibly do not receive from your advisor or committee. Groups generally have only 5-7 members so that everyone receives individual attention. The diverse specialties of the group members foster innovative and creative thinking, and can initiate collaborative projects and research. In addition, these groups provide you with emotional support, in contrast to an academic setting that can feel impersonal and anonymous. Group members become colleagues with whom you can vent and sympathize, as well as a source of encouragement and motivation.