Monthly Archives: October 2016

Week 4: Transmedia, Storyworlds & Expanded Universes

This week is dedicated to worlds that grow beyond the borders of one book or movie. These storyworlds provide storytelling experiences in which exploration can be as important, and enjoyable, as following the main plot thread. We talk expanded universes and spreadable media.

In this class, we’ll discuss convergence, participatory culture, intertextuality and the challenges that arise from this type of storytelling. Students will continue to expand their shared fictional universe, both contributing to the wiki and extending their worldbuilding beyond its borders.

Note: Links to slides, prezis, and exercises can be found on Minerva.

Additional Viewing

Henry Jenkins Convergence Keynote

Select Storyworlds

Marvel Extended Universe: Marvel Comics – Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Middle Earth: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, etc. – J.R.R. Tolkien
Oz: Wizard of Oz series – L. Frank Baum
Star Wars Universe: Film series, novels, tv shows, games – George Lucas

Transmedia Novels/ Novels with Transmedia Elements

Landing Gear and Flight Paths by Kate Pullinger
Nearlyology  by Chris Meade
Endgame Series
Cathy’s Book by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman
Mirrorworld by Cornelia Funke

Links to Software and Resources 1 (ongoing)

Interactive Fiction

One More Story Games:

Visual Novels

Cloud Novel:
Ren’py Creator:

Multimodal Literature

Prezi (robust presentation software):
Adobe Suite (access via uni macs) :


Garageband (mac standard):


Creative Commons:
British Library (flikr):
Macaulay Library (nature media):
Looper man (audio resources):
Free images (stock photos):
New Old Stock:

Week 3: Social Media Fiction


This week we look at how we might harness the powers of social media platforms to tell our stories. The brunt of this investigation will be done via the Social Media Fiction Analysis form, which can be found on Minerva. We will also begin developing our shared world on our class wiki.


Shared World Exercise: With a partner, develop one aspect of our shared world. This may be the political climate, the supernatural elements, the criminal underworld, etc…
Social Media Fiction Analysis Each small group will choose one social media platform to analyse and will present their findings to the class.
Timed Twitter Stories Exercises in writing 140 character stories.


Week 2: Multimodal Narratives


This class will introduce multimodal fiction in both print and digital forms and will focus on the relationship between the written word and other modes. Beginning with a brief historical overview of multimodal novels, this class will look at the use of design, illumination, type, maps, icons, music, illustrations, paratext, gesture/interactivity, and other elements.

Typeface Exercise Analyse the typeface provided and write a character sketch inspired by that typeface.
Altered Work Create an altered poem or flash fiction in Photoshop from assets provided. The psd files can be found on Minerva.
Work Discussed

Le Roman de Fauvel, Tree of Codes (Jonathan Safran Foer), S (Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams), The Unfortunates (B.S. Johnson), A Humument (Tom Philips), Une Semaine de Bonte (Max Ernst), The Raw Shark Texts (Steven Hall), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon), House of Leaves (Mark Danielewski), Nat Tate (William Boyd), Heidegger Stairwell (Kayt Burgess) . Digital: 80 Days (inkle), The Silent History (Sudden Oak), Inanimate Alice (Kate Pullinger), The Kills (Richard House), TOC: A New Media Novel (Steven Tomasula), Pry (Tender Claws), Arcadia (Iain Pears), McSweeney’s and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Tools Used: MS Word/Open Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign.

Required Reading: I’m Comic Sans, Asshole. Link: (cw: profanity)

Additional Reading: Multimodality, Cognition and Experimental Literature (Alison Gibbons), The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature (Joe Bray, Alison Gibbons and Brian McHale), How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis (N. Katherine Hayles).

CS5042-20 Creative Writing & Digital Media 2016

Introduction to Creative Writing & Digital Media


In this class, Professor Naomi Alderman and module lecturer Kayt Lackie will introduce the field of digital writing. We will explore the ways we communicate using digital platforms and students will self-reflect using the Digital Audit document. Students will then engage in a blue sky thinking exercise ending in a pitch session.

Note: Module handbook can be found on Minerva.

Dec-18 Portfolio
Jan-11 Reflective Essay
Module Schedule
Oct-04 Introduction to Digital Writing
Oct-11 Multimodal Narratives
Oct-18 Social Media Fiction
Oct-25 Transmedia, Storyworlds & Expanded Universes
Nov-01 ARGs, VRG, Location-based Apps
Nov-08 Derivative Works: Remix, Fanfiction + Adaptation
Nov-15 Scripted! Webvideo
Nov-22 Spripted 2! Podcasts, Audiodramas, Webcomics
Nov-29 Interactive Narratives
Dec-06 Videogames
Dec-13 Tutorials (sign up. Include office hours)