I have tried writing groups twice now. The first time was during my last year of PhD. It was a self-organized “support group” among graduate students. It did not go well for me, unfortunately. Things were hectic and I did not have an explicit achievable goal for each week other than “I want to finish my dissertation!” Regardless, now as a postdoc, I thought I should have a much better grip on goal setting and expectations (whether this statment is true or not is another topic for some other time…). Therefore, when the grad school here at IA State suggested a postdoc writing group, I jumped at it.