Writing retreat as structured intervention: margin or mainstream?

Rowena Murray, Mary Newton

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Abstract

Academics across the world face increasing pressure to publish. Research shows that writing retreats have helped by creating dedicated writing time and building collegiality. A new form of ‘structured’ writing retreat was created to increase its impact by taking a community of practice approach. This paper reports on an evaluation, funded by the British Academy, in which participants were interviewed one year after structured retreat. They reported many changes in their approaches to writing and in their sense of themselves as writers and some of these changes were sustained on return to campus. This paper argues that structured retreat increases learning through participation and helps academics to mainstream writing in their lives and careers. We conclude by suggesting that, since publishing is a mainstream academic activity, it makes sense to mainstream this intervention in academic careers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-553
Number of pages13
JournalHigher Education Research & Development
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Community of practice
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  • Legitimate peripheral participation
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