Objective: This paper profiles the establishment and evaluation of the Neophyte Writers’ Group (NWG), a writing support group run by nurse academics in collaboration with clinical nurses. Context: The group was formed in response to the growing demand for nurses to write, publish and present their work. A series of workshops were conducted aimed at developing writing and presentation skills. From these, the Neophyte Writers’ Group was formed, meeting monthly, offering email support and conducting biannual full day workshops. Primary Argument: The NWG applies a collaborative approach to enhance the self-efficacy of members in writing and publishing. Writing support groups that engender self-efficacy through a program that is relevant to participants’ needs are likely to increase publication productivity. Conclusions: In addition to increasing publication output, the NWG has produced unexpected outcomes including clinical nurses engaging in academic work and an increase in research higher degree enrolments.
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