Writing Across Boundaries - Postgraduate Workshop

Writing Across Boundaries Project is an intensive, two-day, residential workshop for social science PhD students in their third year. The aims of the workshop are to explore analytical and practical approaches to ethnographic writing and offers participants an opportunity to reflect on the writing process itself as a form of social science thinking.

The next Writing Across Boundaries workshop will take place on the 15th and 16th of April 2024 at The Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University.

Eligible Participants

The workshop is for PhD students in the social sciences in their third year of study, who:

  • Are interested in ethnographic writing as a particular way of conveying a contextual understanding of lived reality by drawing on a range of specific methods including, for instance, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, archival research, visual analysis, life-histories.
  • Are at the point of translating this data into written chapters for their doctoral thesis.
  • Have completed their fieldwork and have data that they have begun to work through.


The provisional programme for the workshop will be available soon, but we are delighted to confirm the participation this year of Dr Skyler Hawkins and Dr Deniz Yonucu (Newcastle) and Dr Michael Crawley and Professor Bob Simpson (Durham).

How to Apply

There are only 30 places available on our 2024 workshop. If you are interested in attending please complete the online registration form:

by 5pm on Monday, February 5th 2024. Candidates will then be contacted by the Project Team by Friday, February 16th 2024 as to whether they have been selected to join the workshop.

The online application form requires a letter of support from your principal supervisor to be attached. This letter is crucial in evaluating your application, as it is important that the needs of participants are closely matched as possible to the style and content of the workshop.

Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.


The workshop registration is free for those from our regional and Northern Irish universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside, Sunderland, Queens and Ulster). For those from outside the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership, we are charging £60. This includes lunch on both days and an evening hot buffet on the 15th April.

There will be limited overnight accommodation available at one of the Durham University Colleges, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of April if needed, for £52.50 per night. If you accept a place on the workshop, you will be provided with a link to book your own accommodation online. Unfortunately we are not able to assist with accommodation or travel costs for any of the participants; NINE DTP students have access to the usual funds for claiming travel and accommodation if needed.

Further Information

Please contact Cathrine Degnen on [email protected] , or Tom Yarrow on [email protected] , if you require any further information about the Writing Across Boundaries workshop.

The Writing Across Boundaries course will be taking place on 15th and 16th April 2024.

Participant Feedback

The impact [of the workshop] has been phenomenal. I was losing sleep before but when I came back I got straight on to it and wrote reams and reams, so it was like opening a floodgate - it gave me the opportunity to move on as a writer.
Doctoral Candidate in Education, Workshop 2

I was scared before I got there, I felt challenged about things I didn't know about, that I wouldn't know enough. But when I got there I wasn't intimidated at all, everyone was very willing to share. It gave me permission to let my creative intuition take me forward.
Doctoral Candidate in Gerontology, Workshop 3

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