Recognising the struggles many academics experience around academic writing, this paper explores particular spaces created to support academic engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning: the space of writing retreats. The metaphor of â€˜tapestryâ€™ is used to capture the development of a complex conceptual image of the writing retreats. A meta-theoretical framework - a matrix built from the â€˜warpâ€™ and â€˜weftâ€™ of spatiality and sociality - supports the development of a pedagogical picture of presence. Analysis of qualitative data, generated through questionnaires and informal group discussions, led to the identification of dimensional â€˜threadsâ€™, considered as enabling conditions, for scholarly engagement. Such dimensions speak to spaces not only within (personal) and between people (interpersonal), but also spaces beyond (extra-personal).
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