Qualitative
Writing Camp

Qualitative
Writing Camp

November 7-10, 2022
Camp offered exclusively in online format

Alison Hamilton · Ray Maietta · Paul Mihas · Kevin Swartout

When do I start writing for my qualitative projects?

How do I integrate data into my qualitative writing?

How do I write a methods section?

Where do I publish or present my qualitative work?

Join us at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Writing Camp, November 7-10, 2022.

Our Qualitative Writing Camp focuses on four core questions.

  1. When do I start writing for my qualitative projects?
  2. How do I integrate data into my qualitative writing?
  3. How do I write a methods section?
  4. Where do I publish or present my qualitative work?

Our responses to these questions will introduce strategies to help you compose authentic, impactful and relevant data-based articles, chapters, reports and presentations. Our team of qualitative inquiry mentors will introduce you to writing practices and tips to use through the entire research lifecycle of your projects.

“Writing” can and should start early in your work on a new project. We encourage you to begin memoing and diagramming to contemplate emerging ideas early in each project. Writing threads through your entire project, especially during data analysis—writing and analysis are intertwined activities rather than sequenced tasks.

Project data directs writing. ReseachTalk’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift data analysis approach includes data engagement exercises that will help you identify themes that guide your written work and help you outline content and choose poignant data examples that demonstrate the authenticity of your qualitative work.

When you begin using these techniques, you write throughout a project rather than waiting for your ‘write-up period’ to begin. This process helps avoid writer’s block and reduces anxiety. Similarly, selecting and writing to an audience must happen as you begin to envision your written content.

If you feel alienated from your writing, ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Writing Camp will help you reconnect to your work by writing early and often.

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Mentor Bios

Alison B. Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H., a VA Research Career Scientist and Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, received her Ph.D. in medical and psychological anthropology from UCLA in 2002, and her M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences from UCLA in 2009. Dr. Hamilton is the Director of the VA-funded EMPOWER (Enhancing Mental and Physical Health of Women through Engagement and Retention) Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), focused on improving women Veterans’ health and health care through implementation science. She is the Chief Officer of Implementation & Policy at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, specializing in women Veterans’ health, mental health services research, and implementation science. She is also PI of a large-scale NIH study of enhancing organizational and individual readiness to address cardiovascular risk among individuals living with HIV. She was a fellow in the inaugural cohort of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute and she serves as an Associate Editor for Implementation Science Communications and on the editorial boards of Implementation Science (BMC), Women’s Health Issues (Elsevier), and Implementation Research and Practice (Sage). Dr. Hamilton has been a consultant with ResearchTalk for over 20 years, providing direct support to clients as well as serving as faculty for several of the Qualitative Research Summer Intensives and mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Methods Camps. At recent Intensives, she has taught courses on qualitative methods in implementation research, rapid qualitative research methods, qualitative grant-writing, qualitative interviewing, integrated mixed methods research, and enhancing the usefulness of qualitative research. Dr. Hamilton is a co-author on a recently published article that provides an overview of the Sort and Sift approach: “Sort and Sift, Think and Shift: Let the Data Be Your Guide: An Applied Approach to Working with, Learning from, and Privileging Qualitative Data” (https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol26/iss6/20/). She is also a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift (forthcoming, Guilford).
Raymond C. Maietta, Ph.D., is president of ResearchTalk Inc., a qualitative research consulting company based in Long Island, New York and Cary, North Carolina. A Ph.D. sociologist from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, with postdoctoral training at Indiana University, Ray’s interests in the art of qualitative research methods motivated him to start ResearchTalk in 1996. ResearchTalk Inc. provides project consultation and co-analysis services on all phases of qualitative analysis to university, government, not-for-profit, and corporate researchers. Ray has just co-authored an article with the ResearchTalk consulting team that provides an overview of the Sort and Sift approach: “Sort and Sift, Think and Shift: Let the Data Be Your Guide: An Applied Approach to Working with, Learning from, and Privileging Qualitative Data” (https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol26/iss6/20/). More than 25 years of consultation with qualitative researchers informs Dr. Maietta’s publications and a current methods book he is writing:
  • “Systematic Procedures of Inquiry and Computer Data Analysis Software for Qualitative Research,” co-authored with John Creswell, in Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement (2002, Sage)
  • “State of the Art: Integrating Software with Qualitative Analysis” in Applying Qualitative and Mixed Methods in Aging and Public Health Research, edited by Leslie Curry, Renee Shield, and Terrie Wetle (2006, American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (2008, Social Science Research Council).
  • “Qualitative Software” in the Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (2008, Sage).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (April 2008, Sage).
  • “The Symbolic Value and Limitations of Racial Concordance in Minority Research Engagement”, co-authored with Craig S. Fryer, Susan R. Passmore, et al., in Qualitative Health Research (March 2015, Sage).
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift (forthcoming, Guilford).
Ray’s work invites interactions with researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. He is an active participant at conferences around the country including invited presentations at American Evaluation Association, American Anthropological Association, and American Sociological Association.

Paul Mihas is the Assistant Director of Qualitative Research at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a senior consultant with ResearchTalk Inc. He regularly teaches short courses on qualitative methods at the Global School in Empirical Research Methods (GSERM) at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Recent publications include chapters on qualitative data analysis in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods in Education (2019) and in Research Design and Methods: An Applied Guide for the Scholar-Practitioner (2019).

Forthcoming publications include Qualitative Research Methods: Approaches to Qualitative Data Analysis, a chapter in the fourth edition of the International Encyclopedia of Education. Paul is a co-author on an article that provides an overview of the Sort and Sift approach: “Sort and Sift, Think and Shift: Let the Data Be Your Guide: An Applied Approach to Working with, Learning from, and Privileging Qualitative Data” (https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol26/iss6/20/), and is also a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift forthcoming publication.

Kevin Swartout (PhD, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the School of Public Health at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. His research focuses on social influence of harassment and violence, as well as trajectories of violent behavior and victimization across the lifespan. He has received early-career awards from the International Society for Research on Aggression, Southeastern Psychological Association, and Georgia State University.

Dr. Swartout has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles and frequently speaks at national and international conferences. He has been a qualitative research consultant with ResearchTalk Inc. for over ten years. In this capacity, he has regularly taught short courses on qualitative and mixed methods research and frequently serves as a scholar at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and as a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps. Dr. Swartout is a co-author on a recently published article that provides an overview of the Sort and Sift approach: “Sort and Sift, Think and Shift: Let the Data Be Your Guide: An Applied Approach to Working with, Learning from, and Privileging Qualitative Data” (https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol26/iss6/20/). He is also a co-author on Dr. Ray Maietta’s Sort and Sift, Think and Shift forthcoming publication.

What to Expect Prior to the Camp

Daily Schedule

Monday, November 7

Tuesday, November 8

Wednesday, November 9

Thursday, November 10

Registration and Pricing

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