Creative Writing in the Digital Age: April 15

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Michael Dean Clark, Point Loma Nazarene University; Trent Hergenrader, UW-Milwaukee/Rochester Institute of Technology; Joseph Rein, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
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Creative Writing in the Digital Age

Technology is transforming the 21st-century classroom, offering educators an array of new possibilities to enhance student learning. From digital textbooks to classroom management software to social media, the digital age has brought not only changes to the university but challenges as well. Adopting new technologies for the classroom can be particularly daunting for instructors of creative writing, given the discipline's deep roots both in print culture and the traditional workshop model.

In response, Creative Writing in the Digital Age seeks to explore the opportunities that technology provides the CW instructor, ranging from effective online workshop models to the technological advances that might radically alter what constitutes "creative writing." We seek to essays that address questions such as: How can instructors best teach creative writing when the traditional face-to-face dynamic of the workshop is limited or nonexistent? What specific challenges do creative writing instructors face in the digital age? What new directions might the discipline of creative writing pursue in an increasingly paperless world?

The editors seek abstracts on any of the following topics, or other topics of interest to contributors:

• Hybrid courses (taught both online and F2F)
• Online course design and workshops
• Collaborative projects
• Multimedia and/or visual creative writing
• Social media
• Creative writing and the digital humanities
• Games and gaming
• Blogs and wikis
• Digital poetry
• Interactive fiction

To receive full consideration, essays must be grounded in the current theories and issues related to creative writing pedagogy. Ideal essays will balance this theory with classroom practice and the instructor's own experience. Abstracts should follow MLA guidelines and run no longer than 250 words. Reprints are acceptable if the editors are notified. All submissions should include an author bio and the title of the essay. Inquiries and abstracts must be sent to the editors by e-mail at April 15, 2013.

Michael Dean Clark, Point Loma Nazarene University
Trent Hergenrader, UW-Milwaukee/Rochester Institute of Technology
Joseph Rein, University of Wisconsin–River Falls