Do you like writing about your life experiences? Would you like to learn some techniques for making your nonfiction writing more compelling and creative? Join this class to write your own unique piece of creative nonfiction!
In this class you will learn a method of personal writing sometimes used by researchers who study and write about people and cultures–otherwise known as anthropologists. It’s called “autoethnography” and it combines storytelling with writing about the details of your own everyday life.
Building upon last year’s Anthropology at Home workshop, students will practice a variety of ethnographic writing techniques, from self-reflection, to gathered observation, interviews, and investigation.
New to this year’s workshop:
- Students will participate in an artist-led activity to create a piece of illustrated artwork of everyday life, designed to accompany their ethnographic writing.
- Students will have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative exchange of writing and art with young people living in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.
First time students and those who attended last year’s Anthropology at Home workshop are welcome to attend!
Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 20
Should minimum enrollment not be met, we will contact you to offer a refund or other learning experience in exchange.
Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be given for cancellations requested two weeks or more in advance of camp. For cancellation requests received less than two weeks before camp, you will receive credit towards another camp or learning experience.
Stone Soup and Society of Young Inklings are both nonprofit organizations, and part of our collaborative mission is to celebrate the full, vibrant diversity of youth writers’ voices and stories.
Laura Moran is a member of the Stone Soup team. She coordinates the Refugee Project, and most recently, facilitates the Stone Soup Book Club. She is also a cultural anthropologist. She holds a PhD from The University of Queensland, in Australia, and a master’s degree from Oxford University. Laura recently published her first book-length ethnography, Belonging and Becoming in a Multicultural World: Refugee Youth and the Pursuit of Identity (Rutgers University Press 2020).