Sharing experience of facilitation through writing, with Steve Dilworth

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Sharing experience of facilitation through writing, with Steve Dilworth

Time: October 20, 2017 from 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Location: Roots and Shoots
Street: Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington Road
City/Town: London SE11 6DN
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Phone: 020-7587-1131
Event Type: amed, writers, group, workshop
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Jul 23

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Please join us for another engaging and exploratory AMED Writers’ Group workshop.  More optional conversations in the Ship Inn afterwards.  Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to spread the word. 

Facilitation and writing

During this AMED Writers’ Group workshop, we’ll aim to co-create a collection of pieces of writing about facilitation through a collaborative research approach, informed by autoethnographic principles, and facilitated by the following process. 

Stage 1:

First, we’ll engage in a semi-structured four-step writing and sharing cycle:

  1. What is facilitation? (individual writing)
  2. What leaps out at you? (individual focusing)
  3. Sharing in pairs (talking and listening)
  4. Sharing as a group (talking and gathering material - identifying a sense of direction)

Stage 2:

This will lead into a next step, co-created by workshop participants.  This is likely to involve a second piece of writing to develop material that emerges from the first exercise.

Stage 3 (optional, post-workshop), writing for publication:

Taking your writing and developing it in autoethnographic style for publication in a special edition of e-O&P, Spring 2018, guest-edited by Steve. 

We’d be delighted to convene another dedicated workshop before then, to share and support potential authors in developing their autoethnographic writing.

A little about autoethnography:

We’ll spend some of our time during the workshop introducing some fundamental principles of autoethnography – glimpsing its theory and practice.  Autoethnography is a research methodology that “offers a way of giving voice to personal experience … for the purpose of extending understanding.” (Wall, S. 2006): ‘An Autoethnography on Learning about Autoethnography’.  International Journal of Qualitative Methods 5 (2) June 2006. 1-12.

About Steve

Steve is deeply interested in the process of facilitation and in particular what helps/hinders facilitator presence.  Most of his work is currently in the public sector, often supporting staff in areas where there is a high degree of emotional labour, e.g. end of life care, custodial settings and mental health.  He is passionate about providing time and space for individuals and groups working in these areas to reflect on their work.

Cost (payable in advance via the AMED web page by Paypal, BACS or cheque here, or on arrival): £12 for full AMED Members; £15 for Networkers and Guests.  This includes light refreshments.

RSVP: If you can, please reply by 6 October (earlier if possible). Please note that we publicise AWG events on several different platforms.  So the RSVPs you see on the AMED web page do not necessarily represent everyone who is coming.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.      

Best wishes. Bob.  E:

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