Thursday, December 12, 2013

Student Portfolios for Creative Writing in Digital Spaces Fall 2013

Greetings, Class Community.

The Creative Writing in Digital Spaces course asks students to compile a final portfolio that displays their creative works using webpages.

The links to the student portfolios and creative works are below. Although most of the plays, prose works, and poems have been workshopped, please provide positive feedback and encouragement to one another.

Emily McCraken –
Robert Carroll -
Ashly Pennington -
Zachary Woolridge -
Elizabeth Angell - ‪

Taylor, Emily, Alexis, Robert (Brian), Ashly, Zachary, Elizabeth, Erika, Deanna, Katie and Joshua--

Thank you for taking enormous creative risks in your work and challenging your comfort zones as writers. I really enjoyed learning with your this semester. 

Dr. Hill  

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Presentation- www.Stumbleupon.Com

My presentation on StumbleUpon explained how easy and organized it can be to search through different websites based on what you like and are interested in. StumbleUpon can be used for many things from recreational information, research, blogging, and becoming well known in the social media world. I hope everyone can explore StumbleUpon and find it useful :)

Presentation - Jux
I chose Jux as my story-telling website. It displays a clean and straightforward way of presenting pictures and videos. This website is a wonderful way to express your interests and goals through visuals. You are able to follow other Jux users and use their pictures as inspiration for your own page. Jux is a great way to tell your story and encourage others through photographs.

Presentation deviantArt

I presented deviantArt to the class. DeviantArt is a website available to the public for artists who wish to make their work known to the world. Each profile tells a story about the artist, as does the art in their gallery. DeviantArt is a great community for artists and I greatly recommend looking into it!


I chose to present on This is a website where can post original work and then receive feedback on it. You are also able to give feedback to other users of the website. You can interact further with users by joining forums. The website also offers creative writing classes for free on the website.

Presentation- Pinterest

A way to organize and share ideas. Pinterest allows us to find new ideas and organize into specific sections. These sections allow people to organize their thoughts, passions, and interests and share specific details of their lives as well as giving people a small insight into their personal lives.

Presentation- Meograph

My presentation was on Meograph, which is a four-dimensional storytelling site. You can create presentations, tell stories, or share memories through it. You can use other sites for information, like Instagram, Facebook, Google, and etc. It allows you to use multiple tools to create your presentation. You can add pictures, video, audio, narration, text and so much more.

Presentation- Podcasting

I presented on podcasting. It can be used as a way to remix our works and share our stories, opinions, and much more with potentially millions of people around the world. If used correctly it can be this generation's "War of the Worlds."

Presentation - Write It Now 4

The software that I presented is called WriteItNow 4.  The software serves to aid in writing all different types of stories of any length.  The software features abilities such as character development tools, setting generator, storyboard organization, and other writer tools.  The software does an excellent job of allowing writers to neatly organize all their ideas, which allows them to write creative and well developed stories.

-Brian Carroll

Presentation: Twitter

My presentation was on Twitter and how it can be used as a storytelling tool. I spoke on several ways in which Twitter had already been used by writers and others as a storytelling device. I also spoke on how Twitter documents the human existence.

Presentation: Scrivener

My presentation was about Scrivener, a writing platform. It is a program used for novel, script, short story, essay, or even recipe writing. It is also great to organize research, characters, and other notes for a piece of writing.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Are You Thinking about Studying Abroad???

Greetings, Class Community.

Are you considering a study abroad experience?

Yours truly, 

Dr. Hill

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Talks about the Intersections between Technology and Creativity

Greetings, Class Community.

I have posted the videos we reviewed in class along with some we did not have a chance to view together.

View and/or review the videos. They may give you pointers for your presentations that begin next week.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Book Trailer Genre, Remix Theory, and YouTube Technology

Greetings, Class Community.

Below you will find a 'book trailer'.  This new genre, 'book trailer', is clearly a modification of the 'movie trailer'. In kind, the genre of the 'book trailer' is a YouTube medium.  

Please watch the book trailer and consider what we have discussed about the intersections of remix theory and creative writing. Also consider the popularity of YouTube and the associated technologies on the creation of this genre.

Do you think that a 'book trailer' is a new genre or a modification of previous promotional genres related to the marketing of books and/or information? How are techniques associated with scrapbooking and remix evident? 

Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown is a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is releasing a new book on Black Girlhood Studies entitled Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood.  This is an ideal book for any of you that might be interested in the intersections of gender studies, education, creativity and African AmericanStudies.

Intersections in Creative Writing, Music, and History

Greetings, Class Community.

I wanted to take a moment to share an interview between poets and professors, Randall Horton and Tyehimba Jess.  Horton and Jess discuss persona poems,  language, titling complete works, McKoy (The Two-Headed Nightingale)  Sisters, freak show, and researching as a writer.

Arts@UNH Interview with Tyehimba Jess

Randall Horton 

Randall Horton is an associate professor of English at the University of New Haven in Connecticut and the author of The Definition of Place (2006) and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street (2009). He is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea González Poetry Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellowship. Randall is a fellow of Cave Canem and a member of the Affrilachian Poets, two organizations that support African American poetry; and a member of the Symphony: The House That Etheridge Built, a reading collective named for the poet Etheridge Knight. An excerpt from Horton’s memoir, Roxbury, is newly released as a chapbook.

Tyehimba Jess bridges slam and academic poetry. His first collection, leadbelly (2005), an exploration of the blues musician Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s life, was chosen for the National Poetry Series  and was voted one of the top three poetry books of the year by Black Issues Book Review. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly noted that “the collection’s strength lies in its contradictory forms; from biography to lyric to hard-driving prose poem, boast to song, all are soaked in the rhythm and dialect of Southern blues and the demands of honoring one’s talent.”

TedxNashvlle - Tyehimba Jess - Syncopated Sonnets