Graduate Student Life Write-In Day

Graduate Student Life Write-In Days Scheduled for 2020-21

Fall 2020: Saturday, November 7, 8:30am-5:00pm
Spring 2021: Saturday, April 10, 8:30am-5:00pm


Graduate Student Life Write-In Day

Saturday, November 7, 2020

At this time, we are planning to have a hybrid Write-In Day for Fall 2020; a limited number of students will be able to participate in-person at a location on campus (masks required and social distancing enforced) while also providing a virtual writing community for others. Please stay tuned to this page for updates.

Free yourself from distractions. Commit to meeting your writing goals.
Take one step closer to being DONE with your paper, thesis, or dissertation.

Sign up for Graduate Student Life’s Write-In Day. This day-long program will give you group accountability and a structure to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done, while maintaining social distance. Graduate Student Life will facilitate a morning gathering, lunchtime discussion, and end-of-day closing, using WebEx for online participants, and will help graduate students connect in smaller groups using Slack. All you need to do is block off the day to minimize distractions, set up your writing space for the day, set achievable goals, and commit to working diligently and productively.

The next Graduate Student Life Write-In Day will be held both online and in-person on Saturday, November 7, 2020, 8:30am-5:00pm. If you would like to participate, complete the interest form when it opens beginning Thursday, October 1, 2020; the deadline to register is Monday, October 26, 2020 at 5:00pm. Further information, including how to connect virtually, will be provided to those who are confirmed to participate.

If interest exceeds capacity, priority will be given to those working on dissertations, theses, and other projects that help students meet requirements or benchmarks for their degree programs. All George Mason graduate-degree-seeking students at the Fairfax, Arlington, and Science & Technology campuses, other instructional sites, and online programs are eligible to participate.

If you are confirmed to participate, you must make the following commitments:

  • To begin on time at 8:30am and to participate for the duration of the day until 5:00pm
  • To turn off access to Facebook, online games, and other computer/online-based distractions during writing time
  • To minimize distractions by phone by limiting texting and phone calls to scheduled break times
  • To contribute to a supportive writing community among fellow participants

Tentative Schedule

8:30-9:00am Connections: Arrive or log on, eat breakfast, and get your coffee (in-person and Webex)
9:00-9:30am Morning Convening: Sharing goals (in-person and Webex)
9:30am-12:30pm Focused Writing Time (in-person and Slack channels)
Individual Writing Productivity Consultations (Blackboard Collaborate, by appointment)
12:30-1:30pm Lunchtime Discussion (in-person and Webex)
Put together your lunch and eat as we discuss strategies for writing productivity
1:30-4:30pm Focused Writing Time (in-person and Slack channels)
4:30-5:00pm Wrapping up: evaluations, resources, future commitments (in-person and Webex)


Individual Writing Productivity Consultations

A Learning Specialist from Learning Services will be available for a limited number of brief (15-minute), one-on-one consultations during this time to offer tips and strategies to increase your writing productivity. Topics can include improving concentration, goal setting, time management, and more. Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in a consultation; those students will be invited to sign up for a specific time in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.  If you have additional questions, contact Julie Choe Kim, Director of Graduate Student Life, at or 703-993-4031.

Sign Up for Graduate Student Life Write-In Day

Registration for the Fall 2020 Write-In Day will open on Thursday, October 1, 2020 and will close on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 5:00pm. We will contact those who signed up no later than Friday, October 30, 2020 to confirm participation; please contact with any questions. If interest exceeds capacity, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who is interested.

Registration for the Spring 2020 Graduate Student Life Write-In Day is closed.