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Dissertation focused writing groups can be a strong source of support, critique, and validation in your dissertation writing process. Writing groups are a way to increase accountability, increase social support, and increase your level of self confidence and motivation to achieve. There are both benefits to seek and pitfalls to avoid when utilizing writing groups. We’ll cover these in more detail over the next few posts. The first step to setting up a writing group? Find a group of like-minded writers who are interested in making progress. This is important because you want the group to be an active and positive force in your life- not one that drags you down or keeps you from moving ahead. The best writing groups are smaller in size. 4-6 people would be ideal.