Writing Accountability Groups: Strategies for Graduate Students

The seminar will present examples of various Writing Accountability Group (WAG) models and will provide: guidelines for forming WAG; possible ways to structure meetings; and strategies for goal-setting, time tracking, and overcoming writing resistance. Participants may have an opportunity to form a WAG with other participants.

July 21, 2022, 11:00am Eastern Time – July 21, 2022, 1:00pm Eastern Time

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Speaker

Sherrin FrancesSherrin Frances, Saginaw Valley State University

Dr. Sherrin Frances is a professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University, an undergraduate institution with a 4/4 teaching load, and she also serves as a faculty coach at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. She works with faculty on goal-setting, accountability strategies, and time management skills, the same tools that helped her write my own book, Libraries amid Protest: Books, Organizing, and Global Activism, published in 2020 through the University of Massachusetts Press. In 2021, she published, “Instructional Note: Forging High-Impact, Low-Bandwidth Connections with WAGs,” in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, which describes how she uses WAGs with her freshmen writing students.


Audience and capacity

This seminar is open to graduate students who are interested to learn about (1) the general features of a Writing Accountability Group and some specific examples of groups that vary by context; (2) some supplementary strategies that can help individuals within a WAG: Long- and short- term strategic plans, project scaffolding, and time tracking; (3)tips for forming a WAG within your own network/institution or connecting with people in this seminar to form one. We can welcome up to 300 members to participate in this seminar.