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Writing Workshop

Michael Jackson

in Between One and One Another

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272330
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520272330.003.0004
Writing Workshop

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This chapter details a time in the author's life when he was unable to write. He accepted an invitation to lead an ethnographic writing workshop in County Wicklow that spring, in the hope that his inability to resolve his own quandary would not prevent him from offering useful advice to others. The experience prompted reflections about whether he had somehow lost the Zen technique for writing that he developed in his early thirties, allowing it, the writing, to eclipse himself, the writer, whose thoughts, anxieties, and expectations could only be obstacles in his path.

Keywords: ethnographic writing workshop; writer's block; writers

Chapter.  4570 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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