Sharing experiences of facilitation through writing and critical friendship, with Steve Dilworth and Bob MacKenzie

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Sharing experiences of facilitation through writing and critical friendship, with Steve Dilworth and Bob MacKenzie

Time: February 16, 2018 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
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: Feb 10, 2018

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Our invitation: is to prospective e-O&P authors and anyone else to experiment with and assess the potential of critical friendship for their own purposes.   Context:  In October 2017, Steve facilitated a session for the AWG on ‘Sharing Experiences of Facilitation through Writing’. He introduced the concept of autoethnography, and the prospect of co-creating a series of articles for the Spring 2018 edition of e-O&P through a form of facilitation called critical friendship.

Through an Invitation to Contribute, we encouraged people more widely to consider their ideas for an article, and offered a supportive editorial process informed by critical friendship. 

About critical friendships in writing:  Essentially, Critical Friendships can arise when writers and well-disposed and suitably competent others give and receive sensitive yet rigorous challenge, encouragement and support. Often, this helps to cushion writing-related anxiety, and to enhance the satisfaction of seeing and reading well-crafted ideas in print or on the screen.
Process:  So this workshop is likely to flow along the following lines:

o A brief introduction to critical friendship within the context of Steve’s previous AWG session
o Experimenting with giving/receiving critical friendship
o Individual writing, and conversations about the experience of critical friendship
o More working in pairs or small groups
o Perhaps another brief spell of individual writing
o Review of individual ideas about writing, and reflections on critical friendship

About your facilitators: Steve ( is deeply interested in the process of facilitation, and in particular in 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. Bob is commissioning editor of e-O&P and convenor of the AMED Writers’ Group. His abiding interest is in the potential of all forms and formats of writing, text and conversation, interacting, to foster meaningful personal, organisational and societal learning and development.

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 13 February (earlier if possible). Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. Best wishes. Bob. E:

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Comment by Tony Page on January 22, 2018 at 2:20

Looking forward to it too, and hoping for some help from colleagues/critical friends towards writing a piece for the SpringO&P.

Comment by Rob Warwick on January 17, 2018 at 11:00

Thoroughly looking forward to it - looks fascinating. 

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