Testing possibilities: on negotiating writing practices in a 'postdigital' age (tools and methods)

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Barnard, J. 2017. Testing possibilities: on negotiating writing practices in a 'postdigital' age (tools and methods). New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. 14 (2), pp. 275-289. https://doi.org/10.1080/14790726.2016.1278025
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TitleTesting possibilities: on negotiating writing practices in a 'postdigital' age (tools and methods)
AuthorsBarnard, J.
Abstract

The exponential growth of new media technologies presents opportunities and challenges for writers. Fast-paced change - featuring what can seem like perpetual updates of hardware and software - undermines the possibility of growing attached to particular tools and practices. Collaboration is key to social media and many of the new technologies, and not something that sits easily with the traditional image of the writer as someone working alone. This article considers how writers can negotiate the demands of a ‘postdigital age’. Adopting a teacher-practitioner stance, it proposes that the remediation of a writer’s own practice is key. As well as considering how a writer can work to remediate his or her own practice, whereby - as new challenges and opportunities arise - a writer looks to existing skills and prior experience and adapts or applies them in new contexts as part of a process of, in effect, collaborating with him or herself, this article begins to explore whether such remediation can be taught. An aim is to reach a new theoretical position on how individuals can approach the creative potential of writing in the 21st century and more effectively embrace existing and emerging opportunities provided by interactive digital technologies.

KeywordsCreative writing, pedagogy, creative practice, new media technologies, remediation, digital literacy
Research GroupEnglish Language and Literature
LanguageEnglish
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalNew Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing
ISSN1479-0726
Electronic1943-3107
Publication dates
Online10 Feb 2017
Print04 May 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Feb 2017
Accepted26 Dec 2016
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing on 10/02/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14790726.2016.1278025

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/14790726.2016.1278025
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