Writing in Small Groups: The 4color Way

Writing in Small Groups: The 4color Way

by June Gillam


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Writing in Small Groups: The 4color Way by June Gillam

Writing in Small Groups the 4color Way lays out how to build a Cooperative Inquiry group to create a super support group of writers. Conceived by pioneers in the field of participatory research, Cooperative Inquiry is a system whereby people interested in learning about a topic get together and form a question about the topic. Then they come up with a practical plan for each participant to go out and “test” the question by their actions. After the individual actions are complete, they meet back up, and each person presents what s/he did and what s/he learned. Then the group makes meaning from their combined experiences. These meanings are used as a basis for planning another action cycle, continuing in this recursive way for as long as the group chooses. The individual writer is always balancing what is going on inside the self and what is going on outside the self.

In this book, Cooperative Inquiry is combined with other approaches such as the unique 4color reflection process, shaped to fit the needs of writers, based on the author's doctoral research project and in her teaching writing at a California Community College.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985883874
Publisher: Gorilla Girl Ink
Publication date: 07/29/2017
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

June Gillam has taught various English courses at San Joaquin Delta College, a California Community College, since 1990. On a California Chancellor's Grant, she pioneered online teaching in 1998, for which she was honored as a Distinguished Faculty Member. Among the courses she teaches are Creative Writing Fiction, World Literature, Studies in Fiction and Preparatory English.

In May 2016, she completed a two-year Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford, in which she focused on the latest in her Hillary Broome suspense novel series, House of Eire, set in Lodi, CA, and Ireland. She has been published in both academic and literary venues, most recently in the 2015 issue of Peregrine, the literary journal of Amherst Writers & Artists, available at http://www.amherstwriters.com/awa-press/peregrine.

After completing a master's degree in English, Creative Writing Emphasis, June earned a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change in 2003. Her dissertation was published under the title Creating Juicy Tales: Cooperative Inquiry into Writing Story and is available at Amazon.com as are her other books, shown on her website at www.junegillam.com.

Her research subject interests include the dynamics of writing and those of writing support groups-she helped to form the San Joaquin Valley Writers branch of the California Writers Club, for which she received the Jack London Award in 2017.

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