Dissertation Writing Group, Winter 2019

One of the staples of the SMR Forum, the Dissertation Writing Group has been going strong again this semester. Members meet weekly to exchange abstracts, proposals, conference papers, articles, and dissertation chapters, and they receive feedback from their eagle-eyed colleagues while sipping a warm beverage. Informal and little-substantiated studies indicate that participants’ productivity increases markedly upon joining the group.

—Elizabeth McLain and William van Geest

SMR Dissertation Writing Group

One of the groups organized by the Michigan Music Forum branch of SMR is the Dissertation Writing Group. Every week, interested SMR candidates meet to discuss an approximately 25-page piece of writing by one of the other members, offering feedback and suggestions. Besides the helpful feedback, this group offers welcome structure, intermediate deadlines, and mutual support during the dissertation writing process.

DWG Feb 2018

Photo: A recent meeting of the dissertation writing group (credit: Steve Lett—the one taking the selfie.)