ERIC Number: ED426282
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Out of the Ordinary. Inventive Ways of Bringing Communities, Their Stories and Audiences to Light.
Bolitho, Annie; Hutchinson, Mary
This writing resource book offers ideas for sharing stories, turning them into text, and reaching a wider audience through simple publishing processes in community settings and through group processes. Chapter 1 shows how the "Building Canberra" project, on which the book is based, came about. It discusses the policy framework in which it was situated and describes community writing and publishing as an area of activity in Australia. Chapter 2 introduces the people, stories, and settings. Chapter 3 presents ideas for community writing and publishing activities for use in various community settings. It outlines the way stories were worked on in groups as a three-part process--bringing people together, encouraging story sharing, and highlighting shared stories--and addresses scheming and plotting. Chapter 4 details ways in which scrapbooks are useful, explores scribing's potential in recording stories, and offers examples of simple group writing activities. Chapter 5 on making simple books and commercial publications includes detailed information about the planning and decision-making process involved in the various stages of preparing a manuscript for printing and marketing the book. Chapter 6 makes recommendations for long-term community writing and publishing activities: setting up a writing and publishing group, employing a professional writer, and seeking funding. Chapter 7 reflects on the impact and meaning of writing and publishing in community settings. An index is appended. (YLB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Characteristics, Community Involvement, Community Programs, Community Study, Cultural Background, Cultural Maintenance, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries, Local History, Oral History, Writing for Publication
Out of the Ordinary, 10 Quinn Street, O'Connor, Australian Capital Territory 2602, Australia ($25 Australian).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia