Write Smarter: Feel Better

Write Smarter: Feel Better creates connections and normalises the graduate research experience, providing a space where students support, motivate and learn from each other.

Write Smarter: Feel Better is a series of 2-hour structured writing sessions for graduate researchers that take place each month at meeting hubs and online.

Similar to other writing programs that utilise the Pomodoro technique, the format combines intensive writing sessions with facilitated discussion, emphasising student experience, health and wellbeing.

Benefits include:

  • tailored advice from a peer mentor
  • opportunity to be a peer mentor or facilitator
  • connect with an inclusive support network
  • build psychological resilience
  • access to University resources
  • improved mental health and wellbeing.
It's an appointment with myself and my peers to write and be accountable for my progress. The discussion time has helped me normalise the PhD experience.

Graduate researcher and Write Smarter: Feel Better participant

Becoming a facilitator

If you are interested in facilitating or co-facilitating a session for your peers, you will be provided with a toolkit containing useful resources to help you get started including session plans and suggested topics for discussion. Training for facilitators is optional, however we recommend completing the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for tertiary students.

How to register

If you are interested in facilitating or participating in a Write Smarter: Feel Better session, please register your interest.

register your interest.


If you have any questions about Write Smarter: Feel Better, email us.

Student Peer Leader Network

Write Smarter: Feel Better is supported by the Student Peer Leader Network, a program funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

To keep up to date on peer to peer support and activity, join the Student Peer Leader Network Facebook group.

Acknowledgement: Write Smarter: Feel Better was developed in 2017 by PhD students with support from the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Mental Health. Recognised by Melbourne Ideas 2017: engaging students to improve services and campus life.