New Media Narratives: Master’s Module at the University of Alberta

Disclosure: I am designing and teaching this module and there is a deep focus on the *theory* of transliteracy.

This graduate level module will be of interest to new media practitioners/writers/artists as well as those hoping to leverage aspects of new media technology and thinking in their creative practise. 

Note: You don't need to be a U of A student in order to take this course. See the information on Open Studies at the end of this module outline.

Online Graduate Course – Winter 2011

New Media Narratives: Writing and Publishing in a Developing Field

 (COMM 597)

An elective course offered by the Graduate Program in

 Communications and Technology, University of Alberta

Course Description and Objectives

This course will provide students and practitioners with insights into the role of new media in the practises and processes of writing and experimenting with new narrative formats and platforms. The course will focus on the very nature of narrative and how new media affects story; its creation and dissemination.  A key aspect centres on a critical assessment of current developments in new media narrative alongside interpretations, transformations and challenges of traditional concepts and functions of publishing.  As such, a main aim of the course is to promote and transform the thinking of narrative in light of new media.  An element necessary to this transformative thinking revolves around the developing concept of transliteracy. As noted by Thomas, Joseph, Laccetti et al., transliteracy may be seen as a unifying perspective for literacy today: it is the “ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.”

This video of Kate Pullinger can give prospective students an idea of how writers might interact with new media in a transliterate way:

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Electronic Literature Directory launches


The Electronic Literature Directory is a resource for readers and writers of born-digital literature. Created by the Electronic Literature Organization, it provides an extensive database listing electronic works, their authors, and their publishers. The descriptive entries are drafted by a community of e-lit authors who also tag each work and identify the techniques used in its creation. Discussions of entries are ongoing and offer a networked, peer-to-peer model for literary review.

The new version of the Directory promises to be a great resource of e-literature, and already contains a substantial amount of work, but it's just the beginning, there is much more to add! Creating, reading and critiquing electronic literature is a transliterate practice – let's contribute! Anyone with an account can submit entries to the Directory (but authors may not write about their own works) and entries must be about e-literature (defined below) although e-lit antecedents, such as Raymond Queneau's 100,000,000,000,000 Poems, are included.

Electronic Literature refers to works with important literary aspects that take advantage of the capabilities and contexts provided by the stand-alone or networked computer.

See also the lively debate here: Electronic Literature Directory Gets a Redesign, in response to the question posed, "What do you think about electronic literature? Has it lived up to the hype?"

MA in Performance Writing, UCF/Arnolfini

Call for Applications: MA Performance Writing, UCF in partnership with
Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, October 2010

University College Falmouth is offering a one-year MA in
Performance Writing in partnership with the Arnolfini Gallery, in Bristol, UK,
beginning in October 2010.

The MA Performance Writing is a practice-led
multi-modal interrogation of how contemporary writing intersects with other art
forms and practices – visual, digital, live, performative, sonic, sited,
time-based. Performance Writing was pioneered at Dartington College of Arts, is
now housed at University College Falmouth and is developing an ongoing
relationship with the Arnolfini, Bristol, a major international art and
performance venue.

This unique instance of a radical cross-artform MA
writing programme delivered from within an internationally renowned Art and
Performance institution draws on the Arnolfini’s professional resources and the
city of Bristol's cultural context to create a rich and challenging postgraduate

Applications are now open. £1500 bursaries are now available for
students who are offered a place on the MA.

For more information on
Performance Writing visit the Performance Writing Facebook page:

information on the MA in Performance Writing at the Arnolfini, Bristol:

Contact MA Performance Writing Leader Jerome Fletcher at UCF/Dartington
by email:
or mobile:
07976 371703