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Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 2020 Collaboration and Its Discontents : Considerations for Creative Writing HDR Students Collaborating on Traditional Research Outputs
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'Collaboration between creative writing researchers in the academy, and particularly the benefits and potential of HDR writing groups, are topics that have drawn increasing scholarly attention. Batty notes that while ‘creative writing is often seen as an isolated practice, it is also one in which practitioners crave connection and people with whom to share their ideas, for moral support and critical feedback’ (2016: 69). While collaboration is vital to developing new networks and communities, the development and maintenance of collaborative practice is often as complicated as it is productive. This article examines some of the deeper complexities of collaborating on traditional research outputs and considers the ways in which creative writing HDR students in particular can develop a range of strategies to navigate collaborative practice. Through reflecting upon several exemplars of collaborations experienced by the authors – including a HDR writing group – this article contends that collaboration is often more complex than the literature suggests. Rather than being conceptualised as an always generative, ideal model for producing research outputs, collaboration should instead be conceptualised, discussed in scholarship, and approached in ways that are as diverse, paradoxical, and fluid as collaborative endeavours are in practice.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon TEXT Special Issue Website Series Creating Communities : Collaboration in Creative Writing and Research no. 59 October Lee McGowan (editor), Alex Philp (editor), Ella Jeffery (editor), 2020 20756512 2020 periodical issue 'An Early Career Researcher (ECR), a Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate and an older researcher walk into a bar … a cliché perhaps, but we are keenly aware that this is all too often how discussions of collaborative endeavours begin. We are confident it is how a number of the contributions in this Special Issue began – the creation of informal spaces, opportunities and networks to make it possible is the focus of at least one article. The idea for a TEXT Special Issue centred on collaboration emerged when we, as three creative writing academics in different stages of our careers, began discussing not only how we collaborated, but why we did (or did not) do it. Our discussions ranged from the collaborative process as a means to build capacity, academic employability, and a research profile; to produce a sense of belonging in HDR communities; and to the deeply rewarding though at times challenging nuances of working with colleagues who are also friends. Collaborative endeavours raise questions of opportunity and innovation, and of power shifts and hierarchies, as well as of what we value as practitioners. The increasing pressure to publish placed on academics in all stages of their careers by both our institutions and the broader research environment demands further considerations. Questions raised in our early discussions are centred in this Special Issue. We ask: How does collaboration in our patch of the academy work? What are the possible benefits and challenges of collaborative practice? How do we build creative writing communities in the academy, and why should we?' (Lee McGowan, Alex Philp and Ella Jeffery, Introduction) 2020
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