Write Bunch helps connect regional and international doctorate students

WRITE: Kathryn Hardwick-Franco is a member of the Flinders University Write Bunch that utilises technology to help Phd students connect with each other digitially.

WRITE: Kathryn Hardwick-Franco is a member of the Flinders University Write Bunch that utilises technology to help Phd students connect with each other digitially.

An online writing session is utilising technology to help Port Lincoln doctoral candidate Kathryn Hardwick-Franco and other students around the world connect each week.

The Write Bunch was started by Flinders University professor Tara Brabazon in May 2016 as a way to be inclusive of students who could not or do not attend on campus doctoral studies. 

Ms Hardwick-Franco has been a member of it since it began and the group of up to 24 students meet every Friday at 10am for an hour session through Skype.

She said it gave students, such as herself, who may not want to or were unable to relocate a connection with others in their situation which was critical.

"It's a real proactive way of the Dean to step into the life of doctorate students and it's a way to connect," she said.

"It's 30 minutes of focused writing...you don't think of anything other then writing."

Ms Hardwick-Franco said after the focused writing students would then debrief on what they wrote and what stage they were up to in their research.

"Sitting out here, so far away from other doctoral students it creates an imagined community," she said.

"It is definitely helping us and the sign up is evidence...the digital doctorate space can only grow."

She said it also helped with networking as she met doctoral students from throughout the state, Australia and even internationally, such as Canada.