Online Creative Writing & Technology MA taught by Sue Thomas & Kate Pullinger

Applications are now being considered for Autumn 2006 entry to the Master’s Degree in Creative Writing & Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester. The course will be taught 95% online, plus one week on campus in Leicester, UK.

The course is devised and taught by Sue Thomas, formerly Artistic Director of the trAce Online Writing Centre, and Kate Pullinger, well-known novelist and new media writer.

The program is designed for writers wishing to experiment with the creative opportunities of technology and the internet and is ideal for those preferring to study online.

For more details and information on how to apply, visit the De Montfort U. Creative Writing & Technology MA Program.

Assistant Professorship, Comm Theory & Media Studies, Pace University

The Communication Studies Department at Pace University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Communication Theory beginning September 2006. The successful candidate should be a generalist with research interests in one or more of the following areas: communication theory, communication and public policy, critical media studies, political economy of the media, or digital media. Experience and facility with digital editing is a major plus but not required. The successful applicant will be required to teach introductory courses and to develop upper-level courses in his/her area of specialization. Ph.D. in communication or closely related field required. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a CV, a sample of scholarly work/research, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation to the Communication Studies Department, Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, NY, NY 10038. Review of applications will begin January 15, 2006 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact Shawn Miklaucic.

ELO Board Members at DAC, Copenhagen

A number of ELO’s board members participated in the recent Digital Arts and Cultures conference in Copenhagen. Nick Montfort teamed up with Georgia Tech’s Michael Mateas to present a paper entitled “A Box Darkly: Obfuscation, Weird Languages, and Code Aesthetics”. Noah Wardrip-Fruin participated in a group reading at Cophenhagen’s LiteraturHaus. Scott Rettberg presented a paper entitled “All Together Now: Collective Knowledge, Collective Narratives, and Architectures of Participation”. Conference proceedings will be available as a printed volume (long papers) and on CD (short papers). Visit the DAC 2005 website for news about when the proceedings will be available. Notes, photos, and blogs about the conference are available on the DAC 2005 conference wiki.

Professorship or Sr. Lectureship in Digital Humanities, Lancaster University

The newly-formed Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Lancaster University, Lancaster, U.K., seeks applications for a professorship or senior lectureship in Digital Humanities. The creation of this interdisciplinary position is part of the university’s goal of becoming a “centre of excellence” for ICT in the humanities and arts. Duties will include developing a research agenda; working with academic departments to establish new degree curricula at the postgraduate level; pursing research funding from external agencies; liasing with external stakeholders such as museums, libraries and galleries; advising colleagues in the faculty about digital research methods; promoting use of advanced ICT throughout the university; and helping to establish an international profile for Lancaster University in this field.

Requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant research area, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary engagement; demonstrated excellence in the use of advanced ICT relating to the humanities or arts; track record of relevant publication; proven ability to attract external research funding; teaching experience at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels; experience designing relevant programs of study.

This permanent appointment will begin in the summer of 2006. Application closing date is January 20, 2006. For a complete job announcement and instructions on application procedures, visit the Lancaster University employment website, or contact Professor Tony Gatrell, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

These Waves of Girls

These Waves of GirlsThis novella was winner of the 2001 Electronic Literature Award for fiction. Larry McCaffrey, who judged the contest, said of it: “Once inside the work itself, users encounter a series of writings – anecdotes, incidents, bits of story, and meditations – drawn from the memories and creative imagination of its playfully unreliable (and textually seductive) female protagonist at various key junctures of her youth (at age 4, age 10, 20, etc. )…. Fisher creates an interconnected web of branching, narrative possibilities that evoke not just the girlhood of a single protagonist but a broader perspective of girlhood(s).” See the Directory entry for more information about this piece.


ZorkThis all-text game improved upon Adventure by better understanding commands, more richly simulating its world, and adding a character, the theif, who appeared throughout to challenge and motivate the player. Zork was originally written for fun by researchers, who developed this interactive fiction collaboratively on a computer at MIT and made the program available for online play. The game was later adapted into successful commercial software, as the Infocom trilogy Zork I-III for home comptuers. Ethan Dicks has made the “original” MIT version of the game available for modern platforms.


SolitaireIn this game of Solitaire the reader has a hand of three cards. Each card holds an image and a text, each portraying a stark moment in a potentially disturbing narrative. Any of the current cards can be played into the story or discarded in favor of another, and patient readers will be dealt joker cards — which allow for the insertion of one’s own text. Taken together, it adds up to a system for constrained composition and play.

Call for Contributions to trAce decade Project

Make a contribution to decade,an online writing project being launched this week to celebrate ten years of innovative digital activity at trAce Online Writing Centre at Nottingham Trent University, UK. The completed project will take the shape of a writing ‘quilt’ of many different responses to technology and change.

The introduction to the project notes:

“In the last ten years there has been an explosion of new technology, especially related to computers and the internet, and for some of us it has changed forever the way we live and write. As the trAce Online Writing Centre reaches its tenth anniversary, we invite you to reflect on your own personal decade of living and writing with technology.”

trAce Artistic Director Gaven Stewart invites contributions of brief statements of 100 words to the project about the technology you love, hate or anticipate; and the ways in which technology has changed your life.