White Water Writers has worked with a wide range of academics over the last ten years. We’ve been observed in person, our complete novels have been assessed, and we’ve provided raw data to researchers looking to examine how effectively our writers proofread their prose.
For all groups studied, the were significant (p<0.05) positive change in the writer’s self-evaluation of their:
understanding of how to write a novel,
ability to work under pressure,
ability to communicate their ideas both in writing and verbally,
ability to give and receive constructive feedback.
Similar increases were recorded in writers’ Locus of Control (how much the writers felt they were in charge of their future, as opposed to being controlled by outside events), and in how they felt about intelligence: after the camp, writers were much more likely to believe that people’s intelligence could change over time.
You can read the results in more detail below. If you would like to work with us, either as a school or a researcher then click the box below to let us know where to send some samples to.
Skipper,Y., Leman, P. J. & Reddington, J. (2014). White Water Writers: Giving young people the chance to become published authors in a week, Poster presented at the British Psychological Society Developmental Section Annual Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 2014.
Computational Properties of Fiction Writing and Collaborative Work (Joseph Reddington, Fionn Murtagh, Douglas Cowie), Chapter in Advances in Intelligent Data Analysis XII, Springer, 2013.
Semantics of Narrative in Collective, Distributed Problem-Solving Environments based on Correspondence Analysis and Hierarchical Clustering (F. Murtagh, A. Ganz, J. Reddington), In Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes FRANCE, 2011.
New methods of analysis of narrative and semantics in support of interactivity (F. Murtagh, A. Ganz, J. Reddington), In Entertainment Computing, volume 2, 2011.
Exploring Possible Selves During a Week-Long White Water Writers Collaborative Novel-Writing Project
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