Chapter 12 Writing about Writing

Collaborative Writing and Photographic Analyses from an Academic Writing Retreat

In: Critical Collaborative Communities

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This chapter discusses an annual residential writing retreat, where members from across various universities gather, for the purpose of supporting scholarly writing initiatives. We developed a method of photo analysis to explore whether the retreat fostered collaborative writing among its participants, interrogating the strengths and limitations of this visual approach. The method not only captured the complexities of participants’ stories about their writing experiences – specifically the social, the semiotic, and the critical – but also elicited different perspectives and writing stories from others. Findings suggest that retreats can foster collaborative writing by providing a space for writing teams to meet, offering structured peer feedback, and introducing scholars to each other and planting seeds for shared projects.

Critical Collaborative Communities

Academic Writing Partnerships, Groups, and Retreats



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