Sometimes, you can use your experience at your work place to get a group project off the ground. At work, you need to adhere to deadlines and a tight schedule. Those skills can come in handy for group projects.
In addition, keep in contact with the instructor. This way, you can keep the project on target and receive guidance from your instructor when you need it. As a team, your collaborative writing group should plan to write the following for your assignment:
progress report write-up (written and submitted after the first group meeting), with subsequent informal progress reports submitted weekly