Ethnographic Writing Discussions (35)

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Experimentally Structured Nonfiction

"I think an unexpected structure can make good nonfiction insanely great, like Joanne Beard, or John McPhee’s work. Their work, if arranged…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

0 Feb 24, 2011

John McPhee on how to start stories.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal of December 18th 2010, John McPhee, Pulitzer Prize Winner (1999) and one of the founders of Creative Non…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

4 Jan 28, 2011
Reply by Jennifer A. Patterson, MSc

The Weight of the World

[found poem] Once on a field trip studying birds, I offered to pay some villagers to carry supplies from an airstrip to my mountain camp.…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

0 Jan 23, 2011

The Sound of Violets: The Ethnographic Potency of Poetry?

Alison Phipps and Lesley Saunders explore through ideas and poems, how poetry can interrupt and/or illuminate dominant values in education…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

0 Jan 12, 2011

Tom Lowenstein's "Ethnographic Poetry"

At Uqpik's Cabin Capping the ruins and scattered through the village stood the 19th century traders' cabins: tightly constructed clapbo…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

0 Jan 8, 2011

Martyn Hammersley on Ethnographic Writing

  "At one time very little attention was given to the character of ethnographic writing. Minimal advice was offered to students about this…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

0 Dec 25, 2010

Irvin's Boots: Ending

The camera went cold in my hands. I placed it beside me.   Irvin raised his eyes from the earth. “Something’s wrong, Ish,” he accused for t…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

1 Sep 14, 2010
Reply by John McCreery

Irvin's Boots: Part II

©Achirri Ishmael 2009 “It’s “Bless us O Lord!” the fair and quiet Dikeledi, who sat by Irvin, pounced at his mate’s off-beat impersonation…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

0 Sep 6, 2010

Creative Nonfiction from a Foster Care Shelter

Irvin’s Boots by Achirri Ishmael ©Achirri Ishmael 2009 Sitting on the top of a bunk bed, his head bent, and his polished boots hanging ove…

Started by Achirri Ishmael

0 Sep 6, 2010

writing ethnography - influences and styles

hi all, i am currently writing up the results of a year of fieldwork in a Greek island. consequently, i am thinking a lot about writing 's…

Started by Aris Anagnostopoulos

11 Aug 27, 2010
Reply by Aris Anagnostopoulos



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