Collaborative Writing

Writing Plan

The collaborative group assignment is intended to be one in which 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.

Planning is especially important for group writing projects because writers tend to write in solitude from established plans and directions. When group members agree on the nature and scope of the writing project and develop an agreed-upon plan or outline, responsibilities are clear. When due dates are met, the work stays on schedule.

A writing plan should include the following elements:

  • 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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