Open Drop-In Writing Group

It’s a time and space to write during the week.

Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome to attend this writing group. The purpose is simply to hold the space for people to come and write. It’s at a regularly-scheduled time during the work week. This allows you to put it in your calendar and make progress on your writing goals, especially if you “have been meaning to write more.”

It’s also an opportunity to meet with like-minded people at MIIS (faculty, staff, and students) who also want to write. 


{Starting October 16}

Meetings are every weekday, Monday-Friday from 11:00-12:00, and are held in the McGowan 210 Suite, MG 201-C (unless otherwise specified).

You can work on whatever type of writing you want—a book, a paper, a report, a journal article, creative writing, poetry, etc. 


The structure is very simple: Show up, say hi, set a timer and write silently for 25 minutes. Take a short break, chat about your writing project if you want, do one more writing “sprint” of about 25 minutes. Leave.

No writing critiques or sharing your writing, unless you want to. We just get together and write.


You can give whatever type of commitment to this that works in your schedule this semester. If you can only come once during the semester, that’s fine. If you want to come daily, that’s fine, too. If you can come, but need to arrive late or leave early, no problem. Just be respectful of the other writers and try to come and go quietly if it’s in the middle of a writing session.

~ Feel free to invite others to join as well. ~


Please email Evelyn Helminen if you want to be added to the Outlook calendar invite for this writing group, which will also alert you if there are changes for a particular meeting.

{Updated November 17: This post has been updated to reflect that the meeting space is MG 210-C, no longer referred to as the “Pacific Room.”}

{Updated October 12: This post has been updated to reflect that the writing group is now meeting 5 days/week instead of the previous 2 days/week.}