A writing space for grad students

While the University’s buildings are closed in response to COVID-19, Graduate Writing Groups have gone remote, but continue to run. If you are already registered, please be in touch with your grad mentor for details.

Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires?

Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly?

Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable. 


How it works Small, informal and encouraging atmosphere for you to focus on your work and discuss your writing goals
Schedule Winter 2020
Registration To register, please contact Grad Writing Group, Academic Success at gwg@utoronto.ca
Grad Mentor Bio Maria Dasios
Grad Mentor Bio Jen Marshall
Grad Mentor Bio Sandy Noel
Grad Mentor Bio Keshna Sood
Grad Mentor bio Christine Kwong
Grad Mentor bio Bonnie Jane Maracle

How it works

Groups of ten graduate students, with the support of a Learning Strategist and graduate mentor, provide a small, informal and encouraging atmosphere for you to focus on your work and discuss your writing goals.

Register, attend, share, write!

Schedule: Winter 2020

There is limited space available in the groups and your peers need you to be there for accountability and support, so register only for groups (MAXIMUM 3) you can commit to attending each week. 

The following groups are still accepting registration.

Monday mornings

Monday afternoons

  • Time: 1:30 – 4 p.m. 
  • Place: OISE, Room 12-202
  • Facilitator: Sandra

Tuesday mornings

  • Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Place: 208 Bloor St. W., 3rd Floor Commitee Room – all registered participants must sign in at front desk
  • Facilitator: Jen

Tuesday afternoons

  • Time: 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Place: OISE, Room 12-202
  • Facilitator: Maria

Tuesday evenings

  • Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m. 
  • Place: First Nations House, 563 Spadina Avenue, 3rd Floor Lounge
  • Facilitator: Bonnie Jane

Wednesday afternoons

Thursday afternoons

  • Time: 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Place: Student Success Centre, 214 College Street, Meeting Room 5
  • Facilitator: Keshna

Friday mornings

  • Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Place: UTGSU Building, 16 Bancroft Avenue, GradLoft
  • Facilitator: Keshna

Saturday mornings

  • Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Place: Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street, lower level
  • Facilitator: Maria

Sunday afternoons

  • Time: 1:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Place: Grad Room, 66 Harbord Street, lower Level
  • Facilitator: Jen and Sandra will alternate


To register, contact Grad Writing Group, Academic Success at gwg@utoronto.ca.

Grad Mentor Bio

Maria Dasios

PhD Candidate, Department for the Study of Religion

Favorite writing quote: "I’ve had the same editor since 1967. Many times he has said to me over the years or asked me, Why would you use a semicolon instead of a colon? And many times over the years I have said to him things like: I will never speak to you again. Forever. Goodbye. That is it. Thank you very much. And I leave. Then I read the piece and I think of his suggestions. I send him a telegram that says, OK, so you’re right. So what? Don’t ever mention this to me again.” – Maya Angelou

Favorite non-writing activity: Reading (in print or digitally, silently or aloud, alone or with others, & especially with my kids); outings of all kinds (parks, museums, libraries & coffee shops on rotation)

Day & time of my group: Tuesdays 1:30 – 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Maria Dasios

Grad Mentor Bio

Jen Marshall

PhD Candidate, Pharmaceutical Sciences (Collaborative Bioethics)

Favorite writing quote: "Writing is a small door. Sometimes fantasies, like big pieces of furniture, won't come through." – Susan Sontag

Favorite non-writing activity: Biking, skating, birds, ukelele

Day & time of my group: Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Jen Marshall

Grad Mentor Bio

Sandy Noel

Ph.D. student, Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI)

Favorite writing quote: "Writing is really a way of thinking—not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet." – Toni Morrison

Favorite non-writing activity: Attending cycle fit/spin classes, followed by a few laps of swimming. 

Sandy Noel

Grad Mentor Bio

Keshna Sood

PhD Candidate, Molecular Genetics Department, Faculty of Medicine

Favorite writing quote: "It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance." – Steven Pressfield

Favorite non-writing activity: Yoga

Day & time of my group: Thursdays 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Grad Mentor Bio

Christine Kwong

PhD Candidate, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development

Favorite writing quotes:

For fiction: “We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospect” - Anais Nin

For manuscripts/dissertations: "It doesn’t matter if it is good now, it just needs to exist” - Kurt Vonnegut

Favorite non-writing activity: Aerial silks, hoop and trapeze

Grad Mentor Bio

Bonnie Jane Maracle

Learning Strategist, First Nations House and Academic Success

Favourite writing quote: "...just 15 minutes a day!"

Favourite non-writing activity: Reading
Bonnie Jane Maracle

In partnership with:

Graduate Writing Groups are presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Graduate Students' Union (UTGSU).