Schedule

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Date

Readings/Assignments

M August 29 Introduction and Course Overview

Read:

  • Andy Weir, The Martian (1-100)

Unit One: Storytelling and Media

W August 31 Technologies of Storytelling: Orality, Writing, Film, Digital
Read:

Write:

  • Blog Post One: Discuss The Martian in terms of the Ong reading. Consider such ideas as intertextuality, orality, secondary orality, and the influence of writing technologies on how we think.
M September 5 Labor Day: No Class
W September 7 Storytelling Across Media

Read:

Write:

  • Blog Post Two: Offer a “reading” of the film The Martian following Ebert’s direction. You are encouraged to bring in Ong (secondary orality? tertiary even?).
M September 12 Storytelling Across Media Continued
Read:

Play:

  • “The Martian: Bring Him Home” by Little Labs, Inc. (Android or iPhone)

Bring fully charged cell phone to class

W September 14 Storytelling Across Media Continued  

Read:

  • Jeff Ritchie, “The Affordances and Constraints of Mobile Locative Narrative” pages 53-57 (ELMS)
  • Blog Fiction Defined
  • Fake Steve Jobs, read 2-3 entries, including comments

Write:

  • Blog Post Three: Using Golumbia and/or Ritchie, explore the digital forms of The Martian we read this week. Golumbia’s six characteristics of digital media and Ritchie’s outline of “affordances and constraints” should inform your analysis.
M September 19 How to Tell Stories

Watch:

Read:

  • “Writing the Perfect Scene” by Randy Ingermanson
  • “Show and Tell” and “Characterization and Exposition” from Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King (ELMS)
W September 21 Writing Workshop

Bring draft of first story

Write your own “scene” of The Martian using what you learned from Ingermanson and Browne and King.This scene will come in the form of blog fiction reflecting the style Weir employs in the novel. Imagine this scene as an event that happens around Sol 90. 1000-1500 words.

F September 23 First Story Due
Unit Two: Ergodic Literature
M September 26 Hypertext Fiction and Ergodic Literature

Read:

  • Espen J. Aarseth, “Introduction: Ergodic Literature,” from Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature (ELMS)
  • My Body — a Wunderkammer” by Shelley Jackson
  • Antiflânerie by Joshua Hall (DCC capstone project)
W September 28 Interactive Fiction

Read:

Play:

Write:

  • Blog Post Four
M October 3 Games as Ergodic Literature

Read:

  • Janet Murray, “From Game-Story to Cyberdrama” (ELMS)

Play:

W October 5 Hypertext Narrative and Twine

Read:

Play:

Write:

  • Blog Post Five
M October 10 Twine Workshop
W October 12 Writing Workshop

Bring your Twine game to class. Be ready to share.

F October 14  Second Story Due
Unit Three: Mobile and Social Media Storytelling
M October 17 Mobile Media

Read:

  • Jeff Ritchie, “The Affordances and Constraints of Mobile Locative Narrative” pages 57-end (ELMS)

Download and install the 7scenes app on your phone (iPhone and Android versions available). We will be holding class outside, so dress appropriately.

W October 19 Mobile Media

Read:

  • Jason Farman, “Stories, spaces, and bodies: The
    production of embodied space throughmobile media storytelling” (ELMS)

Write:

  • Blog post 6
M October 24 Mobile Media Storytelling Practicum
Watch:

We will be outside again, so dress appropriately.

W October 26 Twitter Fiction

Read:

Write:

  • Blog post seven (write on Twitter fiction)
M October 31 Twitter Fiction Practicum
Read:

W November 2 Writing Workshop

Work with your group to continue writing your Twitter short story or mobile locative narrative. Be prepared to share your work with other groups.

F November 4  Third Story Due

Unit Four: Machine + Cinema

M November 7 Machinima – Introduction

Read:

  • Henry Lowood, “Found Technology: Players as Innovators in the Making of Machinima” (ELMS)
W November 9 Machinima – Video Capture

Play:

  • Download, install, and create an account on Second Life. Play for at least 30 minutes.

Write:

  • Blog post eight (last one!)
M November 14 Machinima – Editing with Premier

If you prefer to work on your own laptop instead of one of the lab systems, be sure to install Adobe Premier Pro before coming to class. You can get a copy of Premier from the TERPware site.

W November 16 Machinima – Workshop
M November 21 Machinima – Screening

Fourth Story Due

W November 23 Thanksgiving Holiday–no class
M November 28 Practitioner Presentations
W November 30 Practitioner Presentations
F December 2 Project Proposal Due
M December 5 Final Project Workshop
W December 7 Final Project Workshop
M December 12 Final Project Presentations
F December 16 Last Day to Submit Final Project