Writing Groups as Communities of Practice: A Model

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"Faculty Writing Groups as Communities of Practice" (online article) outlines the experience and suggestions of "a productive and successful writing group" that has grown "over the last seven years."

Including a variety of practical advice, the article defines the writing group as "a community of practice" that

  • "shares several concerns and passions, some of which have evolved over time"
  • "engage[s] in many writing activities ranging from writing exercises to foster creative thinking to collaborative publication"
  • "is premised on relational work, support and encouragement as we experience the tensions and challenges of academic life"

"Tangible results from [the] writing group have included":

  • "five collaborative peer-review articles and book chapters"
  • "successful grant applications, research projects"
  • "published papers by individual members in their respective areas"
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