Writing collaboration

a ‘work in progress’


with one comment

This website / paper was initially put together for Ian Cook et al’s presentation at the Doing collaboration differently: challenging an unequal academy workshop at Leeds University on January 12th, 2009, organised by Shona Hunter.

It was designed both to serve as an alternative to a powerpoint display on the day – this was not a great success! – and to provide a space for discussion after the event. It is presented, and will evolve as, a collaboratively written paper on collaborative writing. That’s the idea.

All of those involved in the collaborations described have, as much as is possible, been contacted and asked to comment on the paper as a whole and on the parts in which they are mentioned. Each page has a comments box at its foot for suggestions and feedback through which a number have had their say about the collaborations described.

Anyone who comes across this paper is welcome to add their comments and, thereby, to become a co-author.

There are no plans to turn this into a published paper. It will remain, grow and change as an ongoing online experiment in collaborative writing. If you want to reference it, try…

Ian Cook et al (please add any names you like here) (2008- ) Writing collaboration: a work in progress. https://writingcollaboration.wordpress.com (last accessed <date>)


6th February 2009


Written by Ian Cook et al

September 1, 2008 at 9:58 am

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  1. I am familiar with two types of collaboration, one involves common, often face-to-face interaction, the other is textual/intetextual but may not involve direct contact with others at all. I don’t refer here to virtual communication (on-line communication), really, only to the ideas one comes across when they depart on any intellectual journey. Familiarity with other views is de-hypostasised then – a move that allows the reader to appropriate, adapt and re-invent ideas. This is also a ‘doing collaboration’ project, even though we often consider it a loner’s work. It is not: not only does this allow writers to ‘become’, it also leads (eventually) to human interaction that could be classed as ‘collaborative’. The funny thing, of course, is that this process is constitutive of any collaborative venture and may even work as the prelude to collaboration (which, in its turn, will re-invent us academically and intellectually).

    Am I going too fast here? I have read so much on the habits of the ‘Grand Tourist’, who first connects to other socio-cultural worlds through texts, that I have acquired a slightly different understanding of collaboration. This, plus the fact that mobility is a problem from time to time.


    February 19, 2009 at 11:45 am

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