June 12, 2008

The Future of Writing: Deadline Nears

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin · , 12:30 am

June 30th is the proposal deadline for “The Future of Writing” — to be held November 6th and 7th at UC Irvine. Proposals are sought for digital art works and electronic literature (there will be an exhibit), individual presentations / demonstrations (15 min), and panels (70 min). The organizers’ interests are broad — as the CFP makes clear:

“The Future of Writing” is a mini-conference (November 6-7, 2008) designed to bring together scholars across the UC system and a cadre of nationally recognized experts to explore how the new communications technologies, particularly the Internet, are challenging previous conceptions of what “writing” is.

I’ll be giving one of the keynotes, likely offering thoughts on a variety of topics: from writing computational processes, elit, and games to how blog-based peer review shaped my writing of Expressive Processing. I hope to see some GTxA folks there!

4 Responses to “The Future of Writing: Deadline Nears”

  1. Joel Says:

    Can someone currently unaffiliated with UC Irvine make a submission? I have developed a hyperfiction piece (about half of it is currently implemented online), that I would like to submit if possible.

    Also, I think this blog is awesome. I wish I’d found it a couple years ago, it might have made me a little more up-to-date on e-Literature than I am now. I feel like I’m several years behind theoretically and technologically. Any advice for someone who wants to continue to pursue study and experimentation in such a field, such as some good graduate programs on the west coast?


  2. noah Says:

    Joel, my understanding is that anyone can submit to The Future of Writing. Please do!

    As for graduate programs on the west coast — well, of course, I’d suggest UC Santa Cruz. The DANM program there would be a way to work with Michael and yours truly.

    Another option would be UCSD, where you could work with cool writers (like Anna Joy Springer, who combines text and image) and the broad group of digital arts faculty.

    Or maybe UCLA, which recently hired Brian Kim Stefans, and which has an impressive group of digitally-oriented faculty in its Design | Media Arts program.

    Actually, I could keep going. It’s good to realize there are quite a few options around these parts…

  3. Joel Says:

    Awesome. I’ll look into those schools and programs. Know of any in Oregon by any chance?

    And I’ll definitely submit my hyperfiction. Thanks for all the information.

  4. noah Says:

    If you’re in the Portland area I’d definitely start by talking with Dene Grigar — the mastermind behind the recent ELO conference. She has a great handle on what’s happening in Portland and Vancouver.

    And, in terms of meeting some folks in the wider field, if you can get out to Brown this fall you should check out the Interrupt gathering Nick posted a link to today.

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