Deeply digital in shallow times: Writing communities in the shadow of a pandemic

Tara Brabazon, Elisa Armstrong, Nicky Baker, Samantha Batchelor, Julie Brose, Susan Charlton, Rebecca Carpenter-Mew, Maive Jackson Collett, Amanda Cooper, Sharon Ganzer, Cheryl Hayden, Libby Hammond, Anne McLeod, Jane Phillips, Jessica Thomas, Susan Witt

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Recent studies have confirmed profound mental health concerns within PhD student cohorts. Phrases like ‘imposter syndrome’ pepper student narratives of their candidature. This article explores one intervention in this tale of mental health concerns, attrition and disappointment. Exploring a born-digital writing community termed the Write Bunch, we investigate how communities can be formed that enable support and success, compassion and excellence. This study is particularly noteworthy because the interruptions of COVID-19 were managed through already existing support structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-253
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Writing Communities
  • Digital
  • Pandemic


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