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Fiction-writing and wonder: documenting a collaborative, creative writing process

Sarah K. Stice (University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA)
Mark D. McCarthy (Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 10 May 2024




We articulate cycles of creative storying and data analysis and the wonder that motivated the project by detailing our reading, thinking and writing processes to contribute to the conceptual and practical literature on collaborative writing as method.


This paper documents a process of collaborative writing as method that produced a co-written fictional narrative that evokes questions about schooling.


Our process began with world-building for our fictional future, creating characters to serve as a lens for analysis. From our discussions of the data, we crafted a plotline to present our themes in coherent story. As we explored and shared our readings, interdisciplinarity shaped our project in unique ways.

Research limitations/implications

Throughout, our collaboration and fiction-writing opened spaces for wonder, interdisciplinarity and joy that may inspire other researchers to engage in collaborative and/or creative writing processes.


Adding to the rich literature of arts-based research methods, we contribute our reflections on the pragmatics of incorporating reading, writing and thinking for collaboration and creative writing as qualitative research methods for document analysis.



Stice, S.K. and McCarthy, M.D. (2024), "Fiction-writing and wonder: documenting a collaborative, creative writing process", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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