April 4, 2005

With Respect To WRT

by Nick Montfort · , 2:45 pm

I somehow just now got word of WRT: Writer Response Theory, a blog o’ blogs, already up and running for a while, that works to foster discussion on ASCII art, blog fiction, chatbots, email fiction, e-poetry, hypertext fiction, and interactive fiction (IF). The site can now be reached from our “Related Blogs” list.

The announcement explains that “WRT is a blogging collective dedicated to the discussion and exploration of digital character art — any art involving electrons and making use of letters, alphanumerics, or other characters in an interesting way. Our primary focus is on active and interactive works, in which users input text and receive textual responses as output.”

Christy Dena, Jeremy Douglass, and Mark Marino (bios below) run this open site. “Everyone who reads this blog is a member and may suggest a thread or a link,” they write. “As long as it pertains to digital letter/character art we will post and pursue it.”

Some more from the announcement about the responsible, responsive writers whose project this is:

Christy Dena is a postgrad student in New Media and Creative Writing at the School of Creative Arts, Uni of Melbourne, Australia, . Her research interests are crossmedia-storytelling and bot fiction. She teaches ‘interactive narrative’ and writes for Australian New Media Arts magazines.

Jeremy Douglass is a PhD student in English Literature at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His research focuses on interactive fiction and reader response to textual new media. Jeremy is also a database and web developer for numerous projects, including the academic search engine Voice of the Shuttle.

Mark Marino is a PhD candidate at UC Riverside, studying chatbots, electronic literature, games, and other doodads. He is editor of Bunk Magazine. He currently teaches at Loyola Marymount University and UC Riverside.