3rd Edition

Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers

By Peter Woods, Pat Sikes Copyright 2022
    190 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The fully updated third edition of Successful Writing for Qualitative Researchers includes new material on the nature of qualitative research and the significance of contemporary circumstances in which academic writers have to work, as well as ethical considerations and authorial responsibilities. It provides a wealth of information and practical tips required to successfully translate qualitative research into writing.

    Using a wide range of examples, the authors provide tried and tested methods that explore the mindsets, strategies and techniques involved in successful qualitative writing, and the opportunities and rewards that are available. Considering the continuing pressure on researchers to produce high-quality writing in difficult circumstances, this book provides guidance on:

    • The nature of qualitative research
    • The conditions for successful writing
    • The responsibilities of the author
    • Getting started and keeping going
    • Organising your work
    • Traditional and arts-based modes of writing
    • Styles of writing
    • Editing your work
    • Preparing for publication

    Clear, concise, and engaging, this must-read guide is suitable for all those in the social sciences seeking to formulate their qualitative research into writing with maximum effectiveness, including undergraduates, postgraduates, and academics, whether in dissertations, theses, research reports, journal and magazine articles, conference papers or books.


    1. Introduction

    2. Conditions for Successful Writing

    3. Authorial Responsibility

    4. Getting started and keeping going

    5. A standard approach to organisation

    6. Creative and arts based inquiry

    7. Style

    8. Editing

    9. Writing for publication

    Name Index

    Subject Index


    Peter Woods is Emeritus Professor at The Open University, UK. He has published widely in the areas of the sociology of education, educational ethnography, and qualitative research methods.

    Pat Sikes is Emeritus Professor of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Sheffield, UK. She is particularly interested in auto/biographical narrative approaches and research ethics and has published widely in these areas.