Michelle Boyd, Department of African American Studies
Anna Guevarra, Asian American Studies
Brenda Parker, Urban Planning & Policy
Karen Su, Asian American Resource & Cultural Center
Rachel Weber, Urban Planning & Policy
Writing Workshop with Beryl Satter
Co-sponsors: Department of History, Department of African American Studies
“Tools to Shape Texts: A Writing Workshop with Kirin Narayan”
Kirin Narayan is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of *Storytellers, Saints and Scoundrels: Folk Narrative in Hindu Religious Teaching* (Pennsylvania,1989) awarded the 1990 Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing from the American Anthropological Association and co-winner of the 1990 Elsie Clews Parsons Prize for Folklore from the American Folklore Society; *Love, Stars and All That* (Pocket Books, 1994), a novel; *Mondays on the Dark Night of the Moon: Himalayan Foothill Folktales* (Oxford, 1997) an ethnography composed around folktales retold by Urmila Devi Sood; *My Family and Other Saints* (Chicago, 2007), a family memoir; and *Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov* (Chicago, 2012), a manual that offers ways to generate writing through examples and exercises.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Narayan will lead a writing workshop that examines how scholars can incorporate narrative nonfiction techniques in ther writing. Workshop participants will read and discuss a pre-circulated article by Narayan that both illustrates and discusses the use of creative nonfiction in ethnographic writing. Narayan will also lead the group through a writing exercise in which they’ll practice the techniques discussed.
Co-sponsors: Department of Sociology, Department of Anthropology