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Online Guide to Writing and Research

Collaborative Writing and Peer Reviewing

Collaborative Writing

Writing Plan

When doing a collaborative group project, the entire team contributes to the writing. There are several key ingredients of successful group work:

  • leadership 

  • planning

  • effective communication 

  • equal division of labor  

  • equal sharing of responsibilities for results 

  • showing courtesy, thoughtfulness, and dependability

Planning is especially important for group writing projects because writers tend to write in solitude from established plans and directions. When due dates are met, the work stays on schedule.

A writing plan should include the following elements:

  • description of the final project

  • criteria for success

  • content outline

  • assignment of responsibilities for sections of content

  • schedule for finishing parts

  • editing and reviewing strategy

  • production information

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