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Writing groups in the digital age: A case study analysis of shut up & write Tuesdays
chapterposted on 03.04.2018, 00:00 by ST O'Dwyer, SL McDonough, R Jefferson, JA Goff, Michelle Redman-MaclarenMichelle Redman-Maclaren
All rights reserved.Social media writing groups are an emerging phenomenon in the academic world. Combining the discipline, mentorship, and peer support of face-to-face writing groups, with the convenience, global reach, and interdisciplinary networks of social media, they offer a way for scholars to apply new digital technologies to the old problem of developing, maintaining, and protecting an academic writing practice. Despite their growing popularity, however, there has been little critical or empirical analysis of these groups. Using Shut Up & Write Tuesdays (SUWT) as a case study, this chapter examines the purpose, use, outcomes, and challenges of a social media writing group for academics. Usage data from the three SUWT Twitter accounts, a survey of SUWT participants, and the narrative reflections of the SUWT hosts, are drawn together to highlight the value, strengths, and limitations of social media writing groups as a scholarly activity in the digital age. © 2017 by IGI Global.