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Reflections from a Motley Writing Group

In: Critical Collaborative Communities

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Abstract

In this chapter we reflect on our cross-disciplinary writing group, specifically on our increased productivity and writing self-efficacy. Our writing group has provided an outlet for both developing and sharing our work over the past two years. This has allowed us to develop our self-image as writers and provide mutual support as we navigate our various responsibilities within the academy. We use an autoethnographic approach to explore the inner workings of our writing group and its impact on our writing lives. We also provide insight to how our writing group experience facilitated our publication portfolios across academic fields. Drawing on relevant writing group research (; ; ) our group encourages the practice of sustained writing and accountability. In agreement with Guerin’s (2012) research, as a cross-disciplinary group, we have also been able to expand our writing to a broader audience.

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