Updated: 06 Jan 2012

Careers in New Media Writing to Be Explored at Public Event

20th October 2008

A public event to explore career opportunities in new media writing is to take place at De Montfort University (DMU) this week.

New Media Writing and Publishing takes places on Wednesday 22 October at the university’s Institute of Creative Technologies (IOCT).

Topics such as writing and publishing for new media and e-poetry will be examined at the event and Chris Meade, Director of if:book London, will be discussing Digital Livings, a report which investigates careers for new media writers.

Sara Lloyd and Michael Bhaskar, digital editors at Pan Macmillan, will discuss a Book Publisher’s Manifesto for the 21st Century written by Sara.

IOCT PhD student and novelist Anietie Isong will introduce his research into African writers and the internet and Nur Yaryare from the Somali Afro European Media Project will present his idea for a new media African heritage project in Leicester.

The event is part of a campus week for first year Creative Writing and New Media online MA students. The course is designed for writers interested in experimenting with new formats and exploring the potential of new technologies in their writing.

Campus week gives students the opportunity to collaborate and interact with fellow writers, engage in workshops and receive face to face tutorial support.

New students on the course include Sukai Bojang, Secretary General of UNESCO Gambia. Sukai has her own publishing company and has written English and Social Studies books for Gambian school children.

Professor Sue Thomas who designed the online MA at DMU, said: “Every year during Campus Week we hold a public event on the topic of new media writing and publishing.”

“It is a great opportunity for members of the public to find out more about the issues surrounding writing for new media.

“People who are teaching and working in the area will be giving talks on different aspects and there will be a chance to interact with a variety of people from different backgrounds.”

Admission to the event is free and booking is not required but space is limited. For more information visit nlabnetworks.typepad.com/cwnm/2008/10/new-media-writi.html

For further information or to be kept informed about IOCT activities, please contact:
The Director, Institute of Creative Technologies,
De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Tel: (+44) 0116 250 6146
Email: eedmonds [at] dmu.ac.uk

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