This five day course will introduce participants to the history of creative approaches to writing ethnography, and to key debates in and about ethnographic writing. Participants will be:
- Challenged to think about the ways in which style and genre influence and shape the communication of ethnographic knowledge, in their own work and that of others.
- Given the opportunity to try their hands at different types of writing, applying and exploring various creative approaches to presenting their own work.
- Given space to reflect critically on the exercises, both individually and in groups.
- Receiving constructive peer feedback on their work, and provide constructive feedback to their fellow participants.
This activity will run for a total of 5 days, with 2 sessions on each day from 9:00-12:30 and 1:30-5:00 daily, with a break for lunch between 12:30 and 1:30. The session format will be as follows:
SESSION 1: Introduction to Creative Ethnographic Writing
SESSION 2: The Senses as Starting Point
SESSION 3: Beautiful Words: Using Poetry to Express Sensory Data
SESSION 4: The Art of Ethnographic Description: Using Prose Creatively
SESSION 5: Working with Dialogue: Expressing the Spoken Word through Drama
SESSION 6: Through the Ethnographer’s Eyes: Using Images in Ethnographic Writing
DAYS 4 & 5
Format: Dedicated work times; one-on-one discussions and feedback, if desired by participants; lengthier periods of peer sharing, discussion, and constructive critique over the final two days of the course.
*This is a specialized course targeting postgraduate students who use ethnography as a methodology.