November 7, 2004

Writing Artworks, Networks, and Games

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 1:53 am

In 2003 I visited the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was amazing. A collection of remarkable writers and editors and students in a beautiful, fascinating environment. While I was there I talked about The New Media Reader, and Robert Coover and I did a reading/presentation of writing for digital media.

Next summer I’ll be back at SLS, this time to offer a workshop. Jonathan Lethem, William T. Vollman, and a bunch of other exciting writers will be there, and so will editors from Fence, The New York Review of Books, and Faber & Faber. Read on for my course description, and for information on a contest that awards free airfare, accommodations, and full tuition to SLS.

Here’s my workshop description:

“Writing Artworks, Networks, and Games”

While some writing sits on shelves, other writing is pasted on walls, pushed across screens, handed off on streetcorners, timestamped on blogs, delivered by mail, regenerated by rules, and dynamically sequenced on XBoxes. In this workshop we will write and read (and read about) fiction and poetry that won’t sit on the shelf, that is playfully generated, and that uses the space of the city as its surface.

And here’s the contest information from SLS:

Our annual literary contest (prose, poetry), held in conjunction with FENCE magazine, is currently accepting submissions. The authors of the winning poetry and prose entries will receive airfare, accommodations, and a full tuition waiver to the 2005 SLS program in St. Petersburg, Russia, AND publication of the winning entry in FENCE. Second place receives a full tuition waiver to SLS 2005, and third brings with it a substantial tuition scholarship. Other hand-picked contest participants from among the non-winners will be offered tuition scholarships as well, based on the strength of their work.

Send your work, along with the $10 entry fee (made payable to Summer Literary Seminars), to PO Box 1358, Schenectady, NY 12301. Deadline: February 28, 2005.

For all the detailed information on the program and the complete contest guidelines, see the SLS website at