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Working Writer’s Cohort

Working Writers Cohort

Working on your dissertation is lonely. It's hard to find enough time and enough support.

Between 20 and 50% of doctoral students will never finish their PhDs. A third of those who don’t finish will drop out during the dissertation-writing phase (Maher et al., 2013). The problem is worse when students are part-time students with other responsibilities or live far from campus.

The Working Writers Cohort is based on research and writing group best practices and is designed as an academic writing group for writers whose family and life obligations get in the way of writing. Here, you will find dedicated time to write each week, a supportive and encouraging writing cohort, access to exclusive writing tips, and much more! 

The Working Writers Cohort is the group for you if...

  • you need to commit to time to work on your dissertation. 
  • you have questions about writing and need more support to get through the process than you’re getting. 
  • your writing situation looks anything like these honest (tired!) pictures.

Do these struggles resonate with you?

Your $100 membership includes:

Weekly group Writing Sessions

The Working Writer's Cohort meets every Monday night from 8:00 to 9:15 CDT. You'll have dedicated time to write surrounded by other writers. The next Cohort will run through October and November.

Writing coaching

The Cohort is capped at 8 participants so that you get focused support from an experienced dissertation editor and writing coach.

Support from fellow writers

Writers share their own dissertation journeys and check in weekly in a private Facebook group. You'll also have the opportunity to connect with a peer critique partner, if you'd like to.

video content to answer your writing questions

Writers choose weekly topics for the writing coaches to address in a short video. Writers can watch at their own pace and keep the videos for future reference.

Join the Cohort.

Get the support you need.

Writing groups provide countless benefits to participants including emotional support (Ferguson, 2009), better productivity (Maher et al., 2013), improved writing skills and career benefits (Maher et al., 2008), and enhanced scholarly and academic identity (Lassig et al., 2013).


How much does it cost?

Registration costs $100 for eight 75-minute sessions, weekly video content, and access to the Facebook group.

When does the Cohort meet?

The Cohort meets Monday nights from 8:00 to 9:15 CDT. 

P.S. We picked this time to best accommodate work and family schedules.

are there any discounts?

Yes! Refer a friend and you’ll both get a 5% refund.

Where does the cohort meet?

The Cohort will meet on Zoom. You’ll get a link in your email every week.

How big is each cohort?

Each Cohort is limited to 8 participants to make sure that each writer gets personalized attention from their writing coach.

Who can join?

Any dissertation writer at any point in their writing process can join. Research has demonstrated the benefits of multidisciplinary writing groups (Brooks-Gillies et al., 2020). 

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