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Writing together to foster wellbeing: doctoral writing groups as spaces of wellbeing


Beasy, K and Emery, S and Dyer, L and Coleman, B and Bywaters, D and Garrad, T and Crawford, J and Swarts, K and Jahangiri, S, Writing together to foster wellbeing: doctoral writing groups as spaces of wellbeing, Higher Education Research and Development pp. 1-15. ISSN 0729-4360 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 HERDSA. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Higher Education Research and Development on 20/01/2020, available online:

DOI: doi:10.1080/07294360.2020.1713732


Candidate wellbeing is recognised as a continual challenge for doctoral programs, with government mandates requiring an institutional response. This article explores the experiences of candidates undertaking intensive writing sessions (‘Write-Ins’) and their influence on their wellbeing. Exploratory findings demonstrate opportunities for Write-In models to contribute positively to ‘Spaces of Wellbeing’. Spaces of Wellbeing theory highlights four dimensions of space that influence wellbeing: capability, security, integrative and therapeutic spaces. Findings show the Write-Ins contributed positively to wellbeing by offering space for candidates to enhance writing productivity, to work to their own pace, to connect with others, and to work flexibly.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:doctoral candidate, spaces of wellbeing, postgraduate wellbeing, doctoral writing
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Beasy, K (Dr Kim Beasy)
UTAS Author:Emery, S (Ms Sue Emery)
UTAS Author:Dyer, L (Ms Loren Dyer)
UTAS Author:Coleman, B (Dr Bianca Coleman)
UTAS Author:Bywaters, D (Mrs Danielle Bywaters)
UTAS Author:Garrad, T (Miss Traci-Ann Garrad)
UTAS Author:Crawford, J (Dr Joseph Crawford)
UTAS Author:Swarts, K (Dr Kevin Swarts)
UTAS Author:Jahangiri, S (Ms Sanaz Jahangiri)
ID Code:137289
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2020-02-07
Last Modified:2020-05-20

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