What the #SFWC19 Presenters Said – A Word Frequency Analysis

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Thesis analysis of #SFWC19 presenter's words as seen from their publicly available handouts. Image copyrighted, 2019, by Robb Lightfoot - robb@robblightfoot.com

I’m plugging away with my thesis analysis, and here’s a word-frequency graph drawn from the publicly-available handouts provided by the #SFWC19 presenters. These sort of visual analysis often form the starting point of successive, deep, re-readings of the materials and can reveal trends not apparent in any one document.

But I LOVE THIS CHART! Look at the most prominent themes, drawn from more than 14 breakout periods with 5-8 sessions per. Writing! Community! Content! Change! and even Active! and, of of course, Author!

Kudos the SFWC leadership for their work. This tracks with what they say about themselves, COMMUNITY is the biggest word in my analysis of their narratives, drawn from a 45 minute video explaining what the SFWC is. So, what they say, what others say, and (from my initial results of a survey), it’s what the various attendees and volunteers say.

More to come, but I thought I’d share this. It’s taken me many hours, and more money than I care to admit, to get on top of this data and the specialized software needed to do this sort of analysis. My thanks to all, and in particular to my wife, who has been very supportive of a love of writing and my author-friends that borders on the obsessive. Well, OK, that crosses into obsessive and borders on being totally insane. 🙂

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About Robb Lightfoot

About the author: Robb Lightfoot has enjoyed writing and performing since he was a child, and many of his earliest performances earned him a special recognition-reserved seating in the principal's office at Highland Elementary. Since then, in addition to his weekly column on A News Cafe - "Or So it Seems(tm)" - Robb has written news and features for The Bakersfield Californian, appeared on stage as an opening stand-up act in Reno, and his writing has been published in the Funny Times. His short stories have won honorable mention national competition. His screenplay, "One Little Indian," Was a top-ten finalist in the Writer's Digest competition. Robb presently lives, writes and teaches in Shasta County, Northern California. His first book was The Doggone Christmas List. The Stupid Minivan is his second humor collection. He may be reached via US mail at Robb Lightfoot, PO Box 214, Palo Cedro, CA 96073.

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