Smallworks: Writing in the Wild

Situated Inquiry and English Education: Cures for Narration Sickness

Freire theorized a critical education where students are ‘utilizing technology to change one’s world rather than watching haplessly as technology changes it for them – A Cure For Narration Sickness


The idea is for you take your curiosities, inquiry questions, and writing ‘to the streets’ – (and find more questions there): attend a lecture, a conference, a concert, a protest (a site of controversy or conflict), a community event, a game-jam, a professional development workshop, a maker space, a museum exhibition or gallery show – or simply engage everyday urban spaces/sites in a creative and critical way (as a researcher/inquirer)…

…and then write a work on what you saw, engaged, learned, experienced, and how that experience or engagement connects you (intertextually) with the world at large, the world of texts, images, ideas and controversies.

Multiplatform Writing: The work should try to include some form of multimedia — e.g. take photos or a little video, audio recording or interviews  – indicating that this is your ‘writing in the wild’ piece. If you elect to write a poem, connect the poetry to the world, so the poem itself enacts a rich/detailed form of poetic knowledge making…or integrate the poem with other genres of expression, etc…

Media Tools: With this investigative, inquiry-based “Writing in the Wild” piece, you may creatively integrate it with Graphic Texts (ComicLife), Twine, iMovie, or any other multimodal productive/creational media.

Learning and ‘literacy cannot be reduced to the treatment of letters and words as purely a mechanical domain. We need to go beyond this rigid comprehension of literacy and begin to view it as the relationship of learners to the world, mediated by the transforming practice of this world taking place in the very general milieu in which learners travel – Friere & Macedo

Immersion in lived, represented or virtual social worlds. 
Why? Curiosity, wonder, controversy?

Identify concerns, controversies, contradictions. Develop and refine questions about the social world/s?

How are events, actions, and discourses contextualized?

Research Tools/Techniques: Media Tools…

How might sites of investigation be intertextualized? Threads from the world to literature/art (or theory) or threads from literature/art to world.

Positions: locating multiple perspectives, multiple stories, the rules/roles and codes of conduct of the social world

Tracing history of social world – and overlap of social world with other worlds.