Fictional Characters in Narrative Research Writing
Contribution to Book
A Companion to Research in Education
My doctoral dissertation explored different approaches that narrative researchers take when restorying, or retelling, the personal narratives shared by the participants in their research studies. I explored one of these approaches – restorying through character – with graduate students in a narrative inquiry course. The students experimented with using ﬁctional characters to re-present both their experiences and ideas encountered in course readings. My vignette re-presents some of these students’ writing experiences in a ﬁctional dialogue. The dialogue is written to both demonstrate – and experience ﬁrsthand – some challenges and beneﬁts of re-presenting storied data through texts driven by ﬁctional characters.
Wiebe, Natasha. (2013). Fictional Characters in Narrative Research Writing. A Companion to Research in Education, 549-553.