At our IMER writing retreat in September 2020, we tried out reading groups for the first time and it worked very well. We agreed that it can be very helpful to discuss our own work with other PhD students in a ‘safe space’, and it is a good way of getting to know each other’s work as well as improving our own skills when it comes to reading and commenting other’s work. Therefore, we decided to organize a reading group on the third Friday of every month where 1-2 persons share something they wish to discuss with the others. So far, we have discussed different types of texts e.g. a manuscript, a chapter of a dissertation, a book review, etc.
It has been important for us to be able to keep supporting each other in our writing processes throughout the various Covid-19 lockdowns. We have therefore continued our Shut-up-and-write sessions online when we have not been able to meet in person. This means that most Fridays we have been meeting on Zoom to do the first two morning sessions together to get a kick-start our writing day. This has been a good way to keep our writing routines and continuous peer support until we are able to meet in person again.