Approaches & tools for supporting practitioners
to write stories from the field
Facilitated by the Barefoot Guide Connection and the Community Development Resource Association
Based on the experience of facilitating Writeshops for the writing of Barefoot Guides.
How can social change and development practitioners write interesting and thoughtful stories and case studies from the field, to learn from and to communicate to others? How can they do this in collective ways that learning and practice? A “Writeshop” is a creative and disciplined method for reflection, learning and documenting stories that are worth sharing. This workshop offers training to facilitators to design and facilitate such Writeshops.
Social change and development organisations and practitioners struggle to tell and to learn from their own rich stories and to communicate these to others. The few tools they have, in the dry formats for reporting to donors, are usually too simplistic and dry. Through the collective processes of writing the Barefoot Guides (see www.barefootguide.org) we have developed approaches and tools that enable, encourage and support field practitioners to write and learn from their own stories from the field, individually and collectively. In Writeshops, practitioners both learn to write and write to learn.
Purpose and participants
This is a three-day course for facilitators, who support, or wish to support, learning processes in their teams, organisations or clients, using writing as an approach to collectively surface, deepen and share practices in any field of development or social change, including key experiences, lessons and implications for the future. From this it becomes possible to develop written products for wider education.
They should have some experience in small group facilitation.
Our Course Approach
The participants will take home ideas and skills of how to effectively use several writing process designs and tools, like the Action Learning Cycle, the Outside/Inside Story, Listening at Three Levels and Free-writing, focused on helping others to write stories and case studies. They will also learn about how to help practitioners deal with writer’s block and to more effectively learn and co-write with their peers.
A detailed Faciliatator's Guide will be provided to each participant, in hard and soft copy, containing guidance and handouts for use in their own Writeshops.
If you have questions about the course please email: firstname.lastname@example.org