Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 19 years.
Under the umbrella term of 'arts-based research', his main efforts have involved developing tools
from the arts and humanities for use by social scientists in research and its impact on a wider
public or a Perfomative Social Science.

Jones is Reader in Performative Social Science and Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research
at Bournemouth University. Kip has produced films and written many articles for academic
journals and authored chapters for books on topics such as masculinity, ageing and rurality,
and older LGBT citizens. His ground-breaking use of qualitative methods, including
biography and auto-ethnography, and the use of tools from the arts in social science research and
dissemination are well-known.

Jones acted as Author and Executive Producer of
the award-winning short film,
RUFUS STONE, funded by Research Councils UK.
The film is now available for
free viewing on the Internet and has been
viewed by more than 13,000 people in 150
countries.

Areas of expertise
• Close relationships, culture and ethnicity
• Social psychology, sociology
• Ageing, self and identity
• Interpersonal processes, personality,
individual differences,
social networks, prejudice and stereotyping
• Sexuality and sexual orientation
• Creativity and the use of the
arts in Social Science

Media experience
His work has been reported widely
in the media, including:
BBC Radio 4,BBC TV news,Times
Higher Education, Sunday New
York Times, International
Herald-Tribune
and The Independent.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

“Flip it!” –Kip Jones’ most frequent workshop advice

Attendants at the Creative Writing for Academics Workshop at Bournemouth University. Some hold copies of the photograph from which they created a story.

-->The most frequent advice from Kip Jones to participants was “Flip it!”

“Flip it!” –Kip Jones’ most frequent workshop advice 

Recently, 27 academics, some from as far away as upstate New York and Dublin, gathered for the 

 Creative Writing for Academics with Kip Jones at Bournemouth University (BU). 

Their goal was two days of experimentation with writing techniques to engender more creative 

outputs in their academic writing.

The conclusion of one participant reflected the sentiments of many:  
"The Creative Writing for Academics workshop turned out to be a great experience, more than expected!!"

The two-day workshop was organised by BU’s Centre for Qualitative Research
and was promoted thusly:
“This unique event isn’t a typical writing retreat (with trees to hug and lots of time to ruminate), but a very active experience with exercises, suggestions and supportive feedback on participants’ work…”

Instead of taking 30 minutes or more to go round the room and let
everyone make an introduction (listing job titles, universities, 
theses topics, etc. ad infinitum), Jones asked attendees to take 
15 minutes and write their life story on a postcard instead. 
This is an exercise that comes directly from Michael Kimball’s 
work,  Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard) 
Kimball is an American novelist whose writing Jones admires.  
A few examples from Kimball’s postcard book were shared 
with the group.   Each participant then wrote her/his own life story 
on a postcard; afterwards, some of the attendants then shared 
their stories with the group. 

Jones then explained tags, log lines and treatments—copywriting techniques used in 
advertising and film-making.

The Workshop as a Logline: Participants were challenged to write their “Life on a postcard”, 
they were introduced to creating tags and log lines; homework was to write a poem based on a dream. 
Next, they created a story from a photograph.  Finally, they shared their stories with others 
who had used the same photo. (50 words)
 
Tag: “Artistic types take their time … in an Italian trattoria.” 

Participants then had a go at creating tags and loglines for academic articles that they brought with them.   
This was an exercise in using simple sentences, reducing content to its essence and creating copy 
that could be used in titles and the body of articles, in blogs and on Twitter.

Jones used a relaxed and open-ended process throughout the workshop. Francesca Cavallerio’s 
extended feedback report captures the essence of the responses of many to this approach to the workshop:
I enjoyed the freedom that came from writing creatively, without prescriptions. Having no other goal than the story/poem itself was intimidating initially, but then turned into an amazing experience. I think (the workshop) allowed me to discover a few things about myself and the way I write. Also, by listening to what others wrote, and realizing how many different ways of writing exist, and how much I enjoyed each of them, gave me an increased sense of freedom and possibility
I was expecting more “directions”, tips on “how to use creative writing in academia”. But now that we are at the end of the workshop, I think I can see  why it was organised in this way.  Yesterday, I would have said, “Yes, I wanted to be guided more”. Today, I am actually very happy of the structure and everything I learned, felt and experienced here. Francesca Cavallerio, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.

The last morning of the workshop consisted of reading some of the poems  that were written overnight. 
Attendees then chose from amongst 11 black and white photographs. The brief was to write a story 
about what the photograph was about. The only instruction was that often a photograph could represent 
the moment between what led up to the event captured and what might happen next. The group took 
the rest of themorning to write the photo-based 1,000 word stories. After lunch, they assembled in 
groups of three (each group having chosen the same photo) andcompared stories and outcomes.

 “I feel a sense of satisfaction in having written a life-story postcard, a poem and a short story—all very personal.” –Anne Quinney, Bournemouth University
The workshop was envisaged as a way to help academics with publishing in the wider world of blogs 
and online outlets, moving work to mixed media, auto-ethnography, and even fiction, radio and film. 
Jones gave ideas of the kinds of blogs and even journals that are receptive to creative academic work. 
He shared experiences with his own outputs and finding like-minded editors with whom to work.

The intellectual exchanges encouraged joint exploration on how academics can engage with principles 
 and tools from the arts in order to expand and extend their possibilities of dissemination of their work. 
 Concepts of creativity itself evolved and were transformed by participants’ outlooks and willingness 
to engage with unfamiliar territory. These processes comprised a ‘facilitated learning’—in that 
knowledge was gained as a secondary goal through a process of developing new relationships. 
This was achieved through individual and small group problem-solving and self-examination, 
grounded in personal past experience and knowledge.


Recently, 27 academics, some from as far away as upstate New York and Dublin, gathered for the Creative Writing for Academics with Kip Jones at Bournemouth University (BU). Their goal was two days of experimentation with writing techniques to engender more creative outputs in their academic writing.

The conclusion of one participant reflected the sentiments of many: “The Creative Writing for Academics workshop turned out to be a great experience, more than expected!!”
The two-day workshop was organised by BU’s Centre for Qualitative Research, and was promoted thusly:
“This unique event isn’t a typical writing retreat (with trees to hug and lots of time to ruminate), but a very active experience with exercises, suggestions and supportive feedback on participants’ work…”
- See more at: http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2016/02/25/flip-it-kip-jones-most-frequent-workshop-advice/#sthash.hR1DqZja.dpuf

Recently, 27 academics, some from as far away as upstate New York and Dublin, gathered for the Creative Writing for Academics with Kip Jones at Bournemouth University (BU). Their goal was two days of experimentation with writing techniques to engender more creative outputs in their academic writing.

The conclusion of one participant reflected the sentiments of many: “The Creative Writing for Academics workshop turned out to be a great experience, more than expected!!”
The two-day workshop was organised by BU’s Centre for Qualitative Research, and was promoted thusly:
“This unique event isn’t a typical writing retreat (with trees to hug and lots of time to ruminate), but a very active experience with exercises, suggestions and supportive feedback on participants’ work…”
- See more at: http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2016/02/25/flip-it-kip-jones-most-frequent-workshop-advice/#sthash.hR1DqZja.dpuf
The most frequent advice from Kip Jones to participants was “Flip it!” “Flip it!” –Kip Jones’ most frequent workshop advice. - See more at: http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2016/02/25/flip-it-kip-jones-most-frequent-workshop-advice/#sthash.hR1DqZja.dpuf
The most frequent advice from Kip Jones to participants was “Flip it!” “Flip it!” –Kip Jones’ most frequent workshop advice. - See more at: http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2016/02/25/flip-it-kip-jones-most-frequent-workshop-advice/#sthash.hR1DqZja.dpuf
Attendants at the Creative Writing for Academics Workshop at Bournemouth University. Some hold copies of the photograph from which they created a story. - See more at: http://blogs.bournemouth.ac.uk/research/2016/02/25/flip-it-kip-jones-most-frequent-workshop-advice/#sthash.hR1DqZja.dpuf