By: ASHE Grads

Engaging in writing collaborations can be tricky, but when done right, it can be one of the joys of the graduate student experience. On February 27, ASHE Grads hosted a Twitter chat on building and sustaining collaborative writing relationships. The hour-long Tweet-a-Thon provided tips for building like-minded potential collaborators and creating shared processes and published products. The chat featured co-hosts: Dr. Kimberly Griffin (@doctorkag), Dr. Susan Marine (@Susan_Marine), and Dr. Sarah Rodriguez (@RRGIowaState). Graduate students, scholars, and writing enthusiast chimed in with questions and thoughtful insights. 

One top Tweet during the chat featured our collaborative writing sign-up form for graduate students interested in finding collaborators during the Twitter chat. The Google sign-up helped to connect over 50 graduate students on varying research topics.  

To read more of the discussion and find all the great tips, check out the Twitter chat by searching #ASHEwriting or @ASHEgrads.   Here are a few highlights from the chat:

  • Important questions to ask: Does this person make me more or less excited to work on this project? Am I energized when we meet? Am I learning new things? Are we each uniquely contributing to the research process? #ASHEwriting 
    @doctorkag 
  • Ask yourself: (1) what you want from the #writing #collaboration? (2) how much #time do you have to devote to this? (3) who do you see doing similar, interesting work? (4) what does your #intuition (and #mentors #peers) say about working with this person? #ASHEwriting 
    @RRGIowaState  
  • I approach those whose work I love to read. I attend #ASHEconf sessions and inquire. I volunteer to help with others’ work– crucial when your position is at a teaching-heavy program #ASHEwriting @ashegrads  
    @Susan_Marine 
  • How to start a writing project? Make #expectations clear from the get go – and author order, too. Ain’t nobody got time for squabbles when #writing is concerned. What do we want? When do we want it? How will we do it? #ASHEwriting #SaveYourTears #SaveYourTrinaJams  
    @RRGIowaState 
  • We get organized first and make some big decisions: Who is going to be first author, and what does that mean? Who is going to write what? What are we actually trying to say? If we can do one long goal setting meeting in person, that’s ideal #ASHEwriting  
    @doctorkag 
  • Start now– don’t wait to finish your MA/doc. Approach like minds, knowing you each bring strengths. Grab a fellow collab on the @ashegrads list, start small with a manageable project, and invest in knowing each other #ASHEwriting 
    @Susan_Marine
  • Writing collab strategies: I LOVE a good meeting recap! @MEspino19 takes detailed notes, recording assignments and timelines, then sends them back to our #RRGteam
    @RRGIowaState  
  • I’ve divided by section, but like it better when all the authors contribute to each section. Each person writes a few pages of the lit review, findings, and discussion. It helps everyone contribute to and be invested in the argument. #ASHEwriting  
    @doctorkag 
  • communication is crucial; advance notice of crunch times and need to step away. Schedule writing time together if you can. Be honest when you lag behind; show up when needed. “we’dom is the key to freedom!” #ASHEwriting @ashegrads 
    @Susan_Marine 

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