Special Topics: Creative Writing for New Media|
Spring 2019 not offered
This course prepares creative writers for the evolving marketplace of electronic text and media, experience writing in varied media such as the Internet, eBooks, video games, mobile devices, and emergent social narratives. We will consider the exciting potentialities of a growing field as well as its limitations while wrestling with critical issues about digital literacy, ethics, Internet culture, and the implications of our online artistic creations.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CWRC)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
A Sampling of Representative Essays:
"God's Little Toys" by William Gibson
"Why No One Clicked On the Great Hypertext Story" by Stephen Johnson
"A Whole Lot of Bells, Too Many Whistles" by Farhad Manjoo
"The End of Books" by Robert Coover
"Why Video Games Can Never Be Art" by Roger Ebert
"Why Video Games Are Indeed Art" by Michael Mirasol.
A Sampling of Representative New Media Works:
-Selected Works from the Electronic Literature Collection
-Selected Games from Games for Change
-Selected Games from Dreaming Methods
-Representative Documentaries: The Institute Life 2.0 Indie Game: The Movie.
-READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline
|Examination and Assignments: |
Each student will submit (at minimum) two new media creative projects, of considerable length (20-25 pages before translated into a digital artifact) to be workshopped by their peers. Each project will include a pre-writing and revision component. At the end of the year, students will submit a digital portfolio containing both projects along with an "artist's statement," in which they break down both pieces, describing the fundamental underpinnings of each work and what craft issues they wrestled with during its production. In addition, each student will submit a 3-6 page critical essay from a list of approved topics.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Because this is a creative writing course with a workshop component, students will be responsible for submitting peer criticisms every week for workshop, doing in-class writing exercises, and participating actively and thoughtfully in their own learning by contributing to the workshop discussion. This course contributes to the Creative Writing and Theory and Literary Forms concentrations of the English major.
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