VISTAS Counselor Professional and Career Development

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



Scholarly Writing Groups: A Source of Support for Early Career Counseling Faculty and Doctoral Students

Rodney E. Pennamon, Lauren J. Moss, and Sarah I. Springer

2016

The unstructured nature of the academic environment necessitates individuals to organize and prioritize their time in productive ways. With writing productivity as a primary desired outcome for many early career counseling faculty and doctoral students, many academics look for sources of support to help facilitate the writing process. Writing groups are one strategy used by many academics to structure their time and construct a source of accountability. While these scholars might indicate that they have experienced some levels of success working with others during a writing process, they may not be able to articulate what it was, exactly, that the writing group provided to create a productive and supportive
writing process. This article explores a variety of scholarly writing group types, options for application of writing groups in the counselor education field, and suggests further areas of research that may help scholars to better understand the intricacies and impact of scholarly writing groups.

Keywords: writing groups, scholarship, collaboration

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