Digital technology has fundamentally changed the playing field for the publishing industry and for anyone who aspires to become a professional writer. Every media industry has been shaken to the core by new technologies that allow readers and audiences of all stripes to exert unprecedented control over the media they consume. Whether it’s a song, a blockbuster film, a book or a magazine essay, consumers now have the tools to publicly critique, alter, and distribute the media they really care about.
How can writers prepare for this brave new world? How can a novelist, essayist, poet, screenwriter or playwright use his or her skills in an interactive, collaborative, multimedia environment? Johanna Blakley will provide an overview of some of the more exciting experiments in cross-platform “transmedia” writing, where new hybrid forms are emerging.
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