Digital Personality

I've just wrapped the second week of the Fall 2017 teaching semester, and I'm still in the warm glow of new students, new classes, new ideas. My Writing for Digital Media students had to complete and hand in questionnaires about their digital media habits, and I thought it was only fair I play along and … Continue reading Digital Personality

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Alternative Workshop Methods

At #AWP2016 today, I'm serving on the panel "Pedagogy's Next Wave: Alternatives to the Whole-Class Workshop." Specifically, I'll be talking about guided workshops, collaborative workshops, and multimedia workshops. Below, I've included links to the handout I made for the panel, and a few additional pieces of information (lesson plans, readings, etc.) that other teachers may … Continue reading Alternative Workshop Methods

Go Down the Rabbit Hole: A Writer’s Manifesto

I'm recycling my own work here, which I am usually loathe to do. But a post I wrote last semester, working alongside the students in my Writing for Digital Media class, was just featured on WordPress.com's Freshly Pressed showcase, and the response has been tremendous. The advice has really seemed to resonate with a lot … Continue reading Go Down the Rabbit Hole: A Writer’s Manifesto

What We Carry

I finally got myself an iPad last week, and I've been having a great time exploring how to integrate it into my life. So far, my favorite uses have been creative (big surprise, I know). For fun: I've been playing around with Keri Smith's "This is Not an App." For day-to-day idea generation and noodling: … Continue reading What We Carry

What Are the Stories You Want to Tell?

Today, I asked this of my Digital Storytelling class, after a really productive discussion about the power of narrative (with the help of Elif Shafak, Benjamin Zander, and Rives). This week, my creative nonfiction students are reading Terry Tempest Williams' "Why I Write," and Joan Didion's "On Keeping a Notebook," to examine nonfiction's possibilities for … Continue reading What Are the Stories You Want to Tell?

Teaching Updates

The Fall 2014 semester is officially off the ground, so I thought I'd post a few links here to my professorial life, in case anyone's curious. I'm teaching Writing for Digital Media for the second time ever this year (both my second time, and the university's second-ever such offering), and I've created a separate website … Continue reading Teaching Updates

Learning Digital Narratives

This semester at UPJ, I'm teaching a class on Writing for Digital Media. It's my first time teaching the course -- a course I developed along with my department's director for UPJ -- and the first writing class of its kind being offered in the Pitt university system. My colleague, Dr. Jeremy Justus, is in … Continue reading Learning Digital Narratives