S181. Brave New Media: The Promises and Pitfalls of Teaching Creative Writing for Digital Environments

Room 608, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Twitter poems, PowerPoint stories, chat-room novels, blogged memoirs... today, creative writing for digital spaces has established itself as more than a novelty. The rise of new media has in turn given rise to fascinating questions about genre, audience, and the cultural roles played by storytelling and other literary art forms. Our panel—teachers, writers, media artists, and scholars—will discuss the challenges and possibilities of teaching writing courses centered on new media.



Cara Diaconoff is the author of Unmarriageable Daughters: Stories and an e-novel, I’ll Be a Stranger to You. Currently, she is a visiting professor of creative writing at Southern Methodist University, where she taught a pilot course in writing for new media in spring 2013.

Christa Fraser is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Currently, she is working on a novel, teaching Creative Writing for New Media at the University of Iowa, and developing an online new media magazine. She has worked in journalism, publishing, and information architecture.

DaMaris B. Hill, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Kentucky, earned a PhD in Creative Writing and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas. She was a program assistant at the Institute on Digital Research in the Humanities.

Adam Koehler is director of the Writing Program at Manhattan College, where he teaches composition and creative writing. His work has appeared in Enculturation, College English, The Collagist, and Radiohead and Philosophy.

Amy Letter is a writer and artist whose work appears in journals and in gallery spaces. She is also the Digital Literature Editor at The Rumpus. She earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of Arkansas, and she teaches Fiction and New Media at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.


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