The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

11. Conversations

The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration - Sonya Huber

Sonya Huber [+-]
Fairfield University
Sonya Huber is an Assistant Professor teaching creative writing and composition at Fairfield University, Connecticut (USA). Her background includes sociology/anthropology at Carleton University, an M.A. in journalism, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University. Among her many publications in a wide variety of genres are the books Opa Nobody and Cover Me, A Health Insurance Memoir, both with the University of Nebraska Press; articles in Psychology Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Sojourner; and creative writing in Literary Mama and Fourth Genre.

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When a large or small challenge arises, most people will pick up the phone or find a friend. You might dash off an email or send a text message to share the details or ask for advice. What you reach for in each of these different forms is connection through conversation. A good conversation lifts the spirit, allows you to see things from a new point of view, and makes you laugh or cry as you talk with and listen to friends in a free-flowing exchange. When you speak and a friend responds in a certain way, you feel heard; your friend gets it, understands, and an emotional connection is made. This activity and the human need for it are close to the core of life as a social being. An interview might seem very different from a relaxed conversation with a friend. Instead of an open-ended give and take, one’s responses are recorded for analysis. If you have ever had to request and conduct an interview, you might have noted that it creates anxiety. It doesn’t feel polite to ask a near-stranger about a personal experience or a professional challenge.

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Huber, Sonya. 11. Conversations. The 'Backwards' Research Guide for Writers - Using your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 219 - 244 Nov 2011. ISBN 9781845534424. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19622. Date accessed: 24 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19622. Nov 2011

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