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Writing resources

written by Rachel Allison

As an addition to my last post detailing the recent Skillshare Writing Workshop, below I have complied a list of the resources submitted by workshop participants as a way of both framing the workshop and sharing inspirational or helpful texts.


Those looking for guidance or creative stimulation in their writing practice may like to inquire into some of the following texts.




Analytic Storytelling ‘Build a clear structure for your story’. Preparatory online module for the Analytic Storytelling training.

Atkinson, P. 1992. ‘The Ethnography of a Medical Setting: Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric’. Qualitative Health Research. 2(4): 451-474.

Atkinson, P. 2013. ‘Blowing Hot: The Ethnography of Craft and the Craft of Ethnography’. Qualitative Inquiry. 19(5): 397-404.

Becker, H. 1986. ‘One Right Way’. Chapter 3 in Writing for Social Scientists. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 42-67.

Becker, H. 1986. ‘Terrorized by the Literature’. Chapter 8 in Writing for Social Scientists. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 134-149.

Blocken, B. 2017. 10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article. January 11, 2017. https://www terrible-journal-article.

Daston, L. and P. Galison. 1992. ‘The Image of Objectivity’. Representations. 40: 81-128.

Emerson, R. M., R. I. Fretz, and L. L. Shaw. 1995. ‘Writing an Ethnography.’ Chapter 7 in Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 169-210.

Gopaldas, A. 2016. ‘A front-to-back guide to writing a qualitative research article’. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal. 19(1): 115-121.

Hynes, J. 2014. ‘Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques’. Part of The Great Courses Series. The Teaching Company.

Kalir, B. 2015. ‘Writing as Cognition’. Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology. December 7, 2015.

Kuriyama, S. 1999. ‘Part One: Styles of Touching’. In Expressiveness of the Body: The Divergence of Greek and Chinese Medicine. 17-108.

Le Guin, U. 2015. Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story. Boston and New York: Mariner Books.

LeGuin, U. and D. Naimon. 2018. ‘On Nonfiction’. In Conversations on Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing. 87-112.

McPhee, J. 2013. ‘Draft No. 4: Replacing the words in boxes’. The New Yorker. April 29, 2013. https://www

McPhee, J. 2013. ‘Structure: Beyond the picnic-table crisis’. The New Yorker. January 14, 2013.

Mol, A. 2006. ‘Prologue’. In The Logic of Care: Health and the problem of patient choice. London: Routledge. ix- xii.

Pols, J. 2006. ‘Washing The Citizen: Washing, Cleanliness And Citizenship In Mental Health Care’. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry. 30: 77-104.

Sismondo, S. 2009. ‘Rhetoric and Discourse’. Chapter 13 in An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. 148-156.

Strathern, M. 2015. ‘Outside desk-work: a reflection from Marilyn Strathern.’ Writers on Writing. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. 21: 244-245.