Writing Accountability Group (WAG)


The Center for Communication Excellence offers Writing Accountability Groups (WAGS) in fall and spring semesters

to provide a space for graduate students to make progress towards their writing goals in a supportive, peer-led environment.


Spring 2024 Graduate Writing Accountability Groups

The WAGS for the current semester are: 

  • Group 1: Monday 10:00 -11:30 am (1.5 hrs.)
  • Group 2: Monday 1:00 - 3:00 pm (2 hrs.)
  • Group 3: Tuesday 9:30 - 11:00 am (1.5 hrs.)
  • Group 4: Tuesday 12:00 - 1:30 pm (1.5 hrs.)
  • Group 5: Wednesday 12:00 - 1:30 pm (1.5 hrs.)
  • Group 6: Thursday 9:30  - 11:30 am (2 hrs.)
  • Group 7: Friday 2:00 - 3:30 pm (1.5 hrs.)


    If you are interested in learning more about your participation in a Writing Accounability Group, please feel free to reach out to Chris (cnutt@iastate.edu), our group facilitator.

    Who can join

    Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs) are open to graduate students from any department or program at ISU. To be considered for participation in a group, a student must fulfill a number of expectations, including:

    • Filling out an application: Applications are typically available at the start of each semester when groups are formed. If you are interested in joining a WAG after the application deadline has passed, contact the WAG facilitator cnutt@iastate.edu to be put on a waitlist for the coming semester or, if possible, be added to a current semester’s group.  
    • Accepting the application: When initial placements are made, students who have been placed in a group will be informed via email. They should respond to the email to confirm their participation.
    • Attending the WAG: Once students confirm their participation, they should begin attending weekly group meetings. These meetings may take place in person or in an online format, depending on the group members’ indicated preference at the start of the semester. Students may bring to the sessions any form of academic writing (research papers, theses or dissertations, grant proposals, conference abstracts or presentations, job application materials, and more) they would like to work on in the designated time frame.

    Interested in joining?

    • For more information about how Writing Accountability Groups function, please see details on our Writing Accountability Group Model or contact the group facilitator, Chris Nuttall at cnutt@iastate.edu.
    • If you are interested in joining a WAG in Fall 2022, please check back by early August. For all other questions or concerns, please contact the group facilitator, Chris Nuttall at cnutt@iastate.edu.

    Spring 2023 Writing Accountability Groups

      1. Mondays 2-4pm
      2. Wednesdays 10am-12pm
      3. Wednesdays 1-3pm
      4. Thursdays 3-5pm
      5. Thursdays 5-7pm
      6. Fridays 9-11am
      7. Fridays 1-3pm

      Fall 2022 Writing Accountability Groups

      In fall semester, we ran four online or in-person interdisiplinary Writing Accountability Groups:

        • Mondays 10am-12pm
        • Tuesdays 3-5pm
        • Tuesdays 5-7pm
        • Wednesdays 3-5pm

        Spring 2022 Writing Accountability Groups

        In spring semester, we ran four online interdisiplinary Writing Accountability Groups:

        • Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
        • Tuesdays, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
        • Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
        • Fridays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

        One disciplinary Writing Accountability Group in Agronomy was also held by the Agronomy Writing Consutlant, Amy. Contact amyrp@iastate.edu:

        • Thursdays, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.


        1. If you'd like to join an interdisciplinary Writing Accountability Group group or have questions about its functioning, please email  our WAG Coordinator, Rudi Motshubi at cnutt@iastate.edu.