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Online Guide to Writing and Research

Appendix B Table of Contents

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Appendix B: Collaborative Writing and Peer Reviewing

Collaborative Writing

Writing Plan

The collaborative group assignment is intended to be one where the entire team contributes to the writing. The key ingredients of successful group work are leadership, planning, effective communication, equal division of labor, and equal sharing of responsibilities for results, as well as courtesy, thoughtfulness, and dependability.

For group writing projects, planning is especially important because writers tend to write in solitude from established plans and directions. When a group agrees on the nature and scope of the writing project and develops an agreed-to plan or outline, responsibilities are clear. When due dates are met, the work stays on schedule. A writing plan should include the following:

  • 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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