Article Archive: Featured

Navigating the ‘digital turn’: on writing, resilience and joy

Reading Time: 5 minutes The ‘digital turn’ brings opportunities and challenges for creative writers. One of the few things we can be sure of is ongoing change. This article is about how to navigate that change. New technologies and corresponding new genres emerge apace, social media platforms and conventions morph and mutate. We can get caught out. We can’t… Read more »

How to Write for VR

Reading Time: 4 minutes Timothy West’s satirical radio play “This gun in my right hand is loaded” is a wonderful demonstration of what happens when writers who are used to one particular medium (in this case the screen) adapt their idea for another (in this case radio) and fail to account for the affordances and limitations of the form…. Read more »

The Challenge of Reading Ex Libris

Reading Time: 5 minutes In introducing my new novel, author Ryan O’Neill puts it most succinctly: This is an introduction to a novel you will never read. He adds hastily that he is referring not to the book in your hands, the one he hopes you’re about to begin, but the novel that inspired his words, the novel he… Read more »

An Interview With: Matt Finch

Reading Time: 7 minutes Matt Finch writes and helps communities, companies, and institutions around the world to do useful and surprising new things. His latest digital work is the interactive narrative, The Library of Last Resort. You have a varied background including a Ph.D. in Modern Intellectual History. How did you arrive at this nexus of strategy, storytelling and technology? I wrote… Read more »

Hands Up for Digital Humanities – When Humanists Go Off-Piste

Reading Time: 7 minutes Welcome to the fourth article in this series where we’re dissecting the multifarious entity of Digital Humanities (DH). To understand the context and scope of this series, and to consider the research questions upon which the investigation is based, please view the previous articles here, here and here. We’ll also be referring to my online survey Hands Up for… Read more »

Where Is The Bird? – A Story of Augmenting Reality

Reading Time: 5 minutes Where Is The Bird? is the first augmented reality storybook to promote British Sign Language as a language for deaf and hearing children alike. Combining animated Augmented Reality (AR), video and audio with traditional print media, it endeavours to create an immersive multimedia storybook. By turning the pages the reader can find and ‘awaken’ magical… Read more »

Call for Academic Articles

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Reading Time: < 1 minute The Writing Platform offers a unique environment to publish academic writing that focuses on non-traditional research outputs and non-traditional research methods. We publish at the intersection between technology and writing and support sharing knowledge that is underrepresented in traditional academic publishing.  TWP connects you with your community of scholars and provides the capacity for high… Read more »

Opening Up Digital Fiction Writing Competition 2.0

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s been an exciting year for digital fiction: we saw a major work emerge in the mainstream, for the mainstream, and turn into a viral hit – Jon Bois’s 17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future. The mobile digital fiction platform oolipo was launched, and Dreaming Methods and Mez Breeze’s All the Delicate… Read more »

Five Things I Learned from Episodic

Reading Time: 3 minutes There were a lot of things to like about the Episodic conference that took place in London in October. Run by the Storythings team, it featured a range of interesting speakers working in podcasts, games, comics, and TV, an engaging host in Anna Higgs, and a lovely, friendly audience. I hope they do another one…. Read more »