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Open Writing Circles

Open Writing Circles have concluded for Spring Quarter! Check back in for Autumn Quarter meeting details in September. In the meantime, consider starting your own writing group.

Odeegard Writing & Research Center Open Writing Circles promotional flyer for Spring Quarter 2024

To join a writing session, log in to Zoom with your UW credentials and click through here. While we try to admit everyone promptly, it may occasionally take us few minutes, so we thank you in advance for your patience.

For up-to-date information about writing sessions and email reminders, join the Writing Circle mailing list here.

Download an Open Writing Circle flyer and post it in your department!

For writers looking to explore semi-structured writing practice independently, the OWRC offers planning and productivity resources designed to help writers establish a sustainable system of goal setting and tracking. These interactive digital handouts can be used to guide a single session or to map and track multi-week goals. Check out these and other writing practice resources here.

About Open Writing Circles

Open Writing Circles are a weekly productivity group facilitated by the OWRC for graduate students and UW-affiliated postdocs working on long-term projects. Providing friendly mutual accountability, cross-campus community, and opportunities for self-reflection, OWCs are a great option for writers who benefit from working in communal writing spaces. Most importantly, Open Writing Circles are available without long-term commitment. Writers are welcome to join as frequently or infrequently as is helpful and feasible.

What to Expect

Open Writing Circles utilize a flexible, goal-oriented facilitation approach consisting of individualized goal setting and check-ins bookending 80 minutes of quiet writing time.

At the beginning of each session, writers will be asked to set an individual goal or intention is for the session’s writing time. This can be highly specific, or broad, depending on what approach is most useful for a given writer. At the end of each session, the facilitator will reconvene the group to discuss how the writing session went. Writers are not required to share during either check-in, but are encouraged to do so if they find it helpful.  

What to Bring

Writers attending an OWC should bring a writing project or task they are currently working on – any and all genres are welcome!

Keep in Touch

For the most up-to-date information on Open Writing Circles, including weekly reminders and schedule updates, join the Writing Circles mailing list.

Related Resources

Are you interested in starting your own writing group? Check out Starting Your Own Writing Circle for tips and resources.

Want to learn more about how to set yourself up for success while writing from home? Take a look at our tips for Writing from Home for additional help.