WRIT 3001: Intermediate Digital Authoring

3.0 credits, Fall 2021

This course provides the theoretical foundation for students in the digital writing concentration to become community-engaged professionals in the capstone WRIT 4001, Digital Authoring Practicum. We will do this by focusing on “interfaces,” or the various meeting points between readers, writers, screens, software, and hardware that mediate and create our digital writing experiences. We will use this theory and practice to develop an understanding of what it means to be a professional digital writer, who is always working at the intersections of screens, software, and hardware.

Course Texts

  • Baron, Dennis E. A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Emerson, Lori. Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound. University of Minnesota Press, 2014. 
  • Lupton, Ellen. Thinking with Type. Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.
  • Montfort, Nick. Taroko Gorge. Poetry Generator, 2009.

Assignments and Assessment

Because I believe that learning happens by doing, you’ll see that our assignments and their marks are weighted heavily toward lower-stakes assignments and not towards high-stakes projects. You’ll earn points each week for trying new things (even when it doesn’t work out!) and be assessed for the attempt and your reflection on that work.

Reading Quizzes: 20%
Class Participation: 20%
Writing Experiments and Reflections: 30%
Final Project: 30%