DRAW (Departing Radically in Academic Writing) is a writing group for higher degree research students and others in our academic community who are wanting to write their work in an alternative style.
The capacity to write sits at the heart of the academic work and is crucial to achieving success. For higher degree research students, academic writing calls for various skills, competencies and knowledges, and is experienced as a process of participating and becoming adept in the textual and discursive practices of specific disciplinary cultures. In this way, “academic writing is not only an individual act, but also a social condition” (Lonka et al., 2014, p. 246) and an academic text, as Derrida suggests, must take “its part in the genre, the type, the context” (1986/1992, p. 68). Moreover, “post” scholarship in the field of “post-qualitative” research (Lather & St. Pierre, 2013)—including education—has simultaneously “troubled” and “opened up” possibilities for what the “product” of academic writing might come to be.
DRAW responds to the question, “What might the work of creative and alternative academic writing as inquiry in ‘post’ qualitative research look like?” and aims to provide an intensive praxis-based teaching and learning environment for qualitative HDR students in HASS to engage, explore, and experiment with creative and alternative academic writing practices.