Creative Ethnographic Writing
14/05/2018 - 18/05/2018
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square
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.