Writing Camp

Writing Camp

May 21 - May 24, 2018
Chapel Hill, NC

Johnny Saldaña · Ray Maietta · Paul Mihas

Join us at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Writing Camp, May 21-24, 2018.

As qualitative researchers, our writing is our currency; it is how we share the wealth of what we have heard and witnessed in the field. When it is time to share this knowledge with the research community and public audiences, it can be daunting to find and trust our writing voice.

This camp will help researchers learn how to speak with, not for, their study participants.

  • Writing exercises will help us organically identify what we already know and what participants are teaching us.
  • When we slow down to listen to the data and to the researcher voices in our heads, we can practice how to capture strategically these emerging thoughts informally and refine them later within articles, reports, and chapters.
  • By moving back and forth from fragments (memos on quotations) to holistic writing (comprehensive memos on the entire data collection episode), we can tie nuance and meaning together and develop better habits for getting it written down first—and continuing to adjust and evolve content as projects progress.

Event Details

Event Highlights

Engage with Your Qualitative Material and Our Mentor Team

Mentor Bios

Johnny Saldaña is Professor Emeritus from Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Film, Dance, and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is the author of Longitudinal Qualitative Research: Analyzing Change through Time (AltaMira Press, 2003), The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers (3rd ed., Sage Publications, 2016; translated into Korean, Turkish, and Chinese-Simplified), Fundamentals of Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2011), Ethnotheatre: Research from Page to Stage (Left Coast Press, 2011), Thinking Qualitatively: Methods of Mind (Sage Publications, 2015), co-author with the late Matthew B. Miles and A. Michael Huberman for Qualitative Data Analysis: A Methods Sourcebook (3rd ed., Sage Publications, 2014), and the editor of Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre (AltaMira Press, 2005). His most recent book is Qualitative Research: Analyzing Life, a new methods textbook with co-author Matt Omasta (Sage Publications, 2018). He is currently at work on a new commissioned title for Routledge’s World Library of Educationalists Series: Writing Qualitatively: The Selected Works of Johnny Saldaña.

Saldaña’s works have been cited and referenced in over 7,000 research studies conducted in over 130 countries, in disciplines such as K-12 and higher education, medicine and health care, technology and social media, business and economics, government and social services, the fine arts, the social sciences, human development, and communication. Saldaña’s research in qualitative inquiry, data analysis, and performance ethnography has received awards from the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, the National Communication Association—Ethnography Division, the American Educational Research Association’s Qualitative Research Special Interest Group, New York University’s Program in Educational Theatre, and the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He has published a wide range of research articles in journals such as Research in Drama Education, Multicultural Perspectives, Youth Theatre Journal, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Teaching Theatre, Research Studies in Music Education, and Qualitative Inquiry, and has contributed several chapters to research methods handbooks.

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.

More than 20 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 (Sage Publications, 2002)
  • “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 (American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America, 2006).
  • “The Use of Photography As a Qualitative Research Method” in Visualizing Social Science, edited by Judith Tanur (Social Science Research Council, 2008).
  • “Qualitative Software” in The Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods, edited by Lisa Given (Sage Publications, 2008).
  • “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis with MAXQDA” in Journal of Mixed Methods (Sage Publications, April 2008)
  • “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 13, 2015 (Sage Publications)
  • Sort and Sift, Think and Shift: Let the Data Be Your Guide (Guilford Press) in progress.

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. He regularly advises graduate students and faculty on qualitative methods, software, and strategies for analysis. He is the former managing editor of Social Forces, a journal of sociology published at the University of North Carolina Press.

As a qualitative analysis consultant with ResearchTalk (since 2001), Mihas has lectured on qualitative inquiry, design, and analysis at several universities, including the University of Puerto Rico, Howard University, and Temple University. He has also served as faculty at the annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive and a mentor at ResearchTalk’s Qualitative Data Analysis Camps. He regularly teaches qualitative research methods in ICPSR’s Summer Program in Methods of Social Research.

His interests include narrative analysis and memo writing as a stand-alone method; his current research focuses on cancer survivors and metaphors for illness and the body. Mihas received an M.A. (1989) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mihas is 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, May 21

Tuesday, May 22

Wednesday, May 23

Thursday, May 24

Registration and Pricing

Early Registration

Standard Registration

Student Discount

Registration Notes

Venue, Travel Info, and Accommodations

Arrival and Departure Times

The opening session for the Qualitative Writing Camp begins at 9:00 am on Monday, May 21, 2018
The Qualitative Writing Camp ends at 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 24, 2018

Closest Airport

Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU)
2400 John Brantley Blvd
Morrisville, North Carolina 27560
RDU Taxi and Rental Car info is available here.

Event Venue

Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Durham
6121 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517
Phone Number: 919-403-8700


Hampton Inn & Suites Chapel Hill-Durham
6121 Farrington Road
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27517
Phone Number: 919-403-8700
Online Reservations
The ResearchTalk rate is $124 per night plus tax.
The ResearchTalk room rate will be available until May 4, 2018, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.