Moving Words: Multimodal and Digital Creative Writing Pedagogies

deadline for submissions: 
June 5, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Drs. Sara K. Howe & Kristina Wright/Southern New Hampshire University


Moving Words: Multimodal and Digital Creative Writing Pedagogies  

We seek 350-word abstracts for approximately 5,000-word chapters for an edited book collection that explores the impact(s) of multimodal and digital media on the teaching of creative writing in higher education. 

Rationale: The creative writing landscape has changed dramatically in recent years due to the impact of technology on current writing, reading, and publishing practices. To extend beyond the traditional, higher-education workshop model of teaching mainly print-based, alphabetic creative writing, college instructors need more diverse teaching methodologies that appeal to a wider range of students, genres, and creative approaches. Thus, the intended audience for this book is college instructors who want to expand their pedagogy and incorporate methods for teaching today’s emerging creative writers how to practice with digital storytelling, multimodality, and new forms of online writing and publishing.  

IMPORTANT UPDATE: This collection is specifically geared toward creative writing. Articles focused on multimodal composition or other writing modalities would need to clearly explain their transferability to creative writing. We are particularly interested in chapters focused on pedagogy that provide a rationale for that pedagogy, including examples, assignments, and approaches grounded in practice and theory. We have a publisher for this collection. We have already begun the acceptance process of chapters. For this final call, we are looking for specific chapters in the following areas where we still need coverage: 


  • Remix/revision/remediation projects that move student writing across genres—such as, moving from prose to a multimodal project to see creative work anew, see revision as creative play, learn new genres or modalities, or transfer creative writing beyond print-based, alphabetic content. 

  • Methods for teaching creative writing online or as a hybrid course (please, no Pandemic stories). We seek solid pedagogy designed for online learning (separate from being forced online during Covid) that offers innovative or creative approaches to teaching in a digital or online format.  

  • Collaborative storytelling using digital tools, such as a creative group project with multiple authors or a collaborative story told through an interactive website or group publication, etc. 

  • How to teach social media and other forms of online publishing to help creative writing students to promote their work upon graduation (such as the “business” of creative writing, how to publish in today’s online market, or how to develop transferable digital creative writing skills for professionalization, etc.) 


Abstracts (approx. 350 words) due June 5, 2022: Abstracts must include a clear statement of the focus of your previously unpublished chapter. Please include your specific topic, your pedagogy, assignment types, and digital tools used and a rationale of why such pedagogy is successful in expanding our thinking about or approach to teaching creative writing. If applicable, please include an explanation of any web-based materials, visuals, or multimodal samples (with links) to be incorporated. Each chapter is allowed 2 images and the book will have a supplementary online page via the publisher for additional images. Please also attach a one-page CV and a brief (200-word or less) author bio, written in 3rd person, including teaching appointments and any prior publications (scholarly or creative).  

  • Submit your materials as Word attachments by June 5, 2022 to:
  • Chapter abstract acceptance by June 12, 2022. 
  • If accepted, full articles will be due by August 18, 2022.
  • Anticipated book completion date: December 31, 2022. 

• Dr. Sara K. Howe, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English Department, Southern New Hampshire University 
• Dr. Kristina Wright, Associate Professor of English, Southern New Hampshire University