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You may choose to or be required to form a writing group for a course. You may decide to form a group that will read and offer commentary on each member’s writing in response to course assignments, or you may be required to write a collaborative group paper. Both kinds of course-based groups share some positive characteristics:
All of these factors can help your course-based writing group get started a bit more easily. For the most part, course-based writing groups work just like any other writing group–members make decisions about how the group will operate, set up a regular time and place to meet, and support one another’s writing with feedback and writing activities during and in between meetings.
While any writing group can help you get feedback on your writing, a group that includes other people who are also writing papers for the same class will provide you with a collection of readers who know about the subjects you are writing about, are addressing the same questions and assignments, and are writing for same audience. That insider knowledge can make a course-based group very helpful to its members.