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Basho & Friends Literacy Game For Tablet, Joshua Korenblat Sep 2019

Basho & Friends Literacy Game For Tablet, Joshua Korenblat

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

Basho & Friends is an in-progress prototype for an interactive children’s book. Here, children ages 8-13 collaborate with young Basho, the legendary founder of haiku poetry, to become poets themselves. This project exemplifies a “convivial tool,” defined by philosopher Ivan Illich as a platform designed to promote creative expression. Here, we imagine new possibilities for reading, sensemaking, and creative writing based on past forms and ideas. Through poetry, Basho promotes meaningful principles of literacy and sustainability today. Children can engage with Basho’s story in an historical context and practice haiku to see themselves as authors of their life stories.


Fanfiction As Performative Criticism: Harry Potter Racebending, Khaliah A. Petersen-Reed Sep 2019

Fanfiction As Performative Criticism: Harry Potter Racebending, Khaliah A. Petersen-Reed

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

Fanfiction anatomizes a text and in this textual nakedness fanfiction writers recognize gaps in their chosen source texts and seek to supplement these deficiencies through literary disruption. This essay focuses on the kind of fanfiction that critically disrupts through artistic cultural production—a practice that I am labeling performative criticism. I look at Racebending fanfiction that intervenes in the gaps of the Harry Potter series—specifically the gaps related to race. Using fanfiction produced by Harry Potter fans, I will show that by reading and writing fanfiction these writers are blurring demarcation between creative writing and literary criticism.


This Is (Not) A Game: The Adjunct Experience As Playable Fiction, Lee Skallerup Bessette Sep 2019

This Is (Not) A Game: The Adjunct Experience As Playable Fiction, Lee Skallerup Bessette

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

How can a never-ending running 8-bit game be a piece of protest art? In examining her own experience in a related netprov protesting the treatment of adjuncts, the artist explores issues of agency, exploitation, and the very nature of games and playing in her artist’s statement on her game, Adjunct Run: https://adjunctrun.readywriting.org/.


Machine Co-Authorship(S) Via Translative Creative Writing, Aaron Tucker Sep 2019

Machine Co-Authorship(S) Via Translative Creative Writing, Aaron Tucker

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

This paper argues that machine translation and a symbiotic ecosystem of authorship are central to the poetic works of Aaron Tucker and reveal larger ethical paths for machine-human relationships. In particular, the elements of chance alongside the intersemiotic translative acts that are the nature of human-computer relationships give space to a potential futurity that challenges a human-centric understanding of “reading” and “writing” and generates a type of literature that encourages a reader to better understand their own interactions within their daily digital environments.


The Many Authors Of The Several Houses Of Brian, Spencer, Liam, Victoria, Brayden, Vincent, And Alex: Authorship, Agency, And Appropriation, Zach Whalen Sep 2019

The Many Authors Of The Several Houses Of Brian, Spencer, Liam, Victoria, Brayden, Vincent, And Alex: Authorship, Agency, And Appropriation, Zach Whalen

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

The Several Houses of Brian, Spencer, Liam, Victoria, Brayden, Vincent, and Alex is a computer-generated children’s book of 53,651 words and 350 unique illustrations arranged over 800 pages. The text is a cumulative poem in the style of the nursery rhyme “This is the House that Jack Built,” but with a house for each of the eponymous seven individuals, and with each of their houses containing many more types of things. These houses, these things, and these words were chosen by a Python script that I wrote, and the resulting novel--which can be viewed on my Github ...


Atari, Creative Making & Zombie Computers: Robbo. Solucja., Piotr Marecki Sep 2019

Atari, Creative Making & Zombie Computers: Robbo. Solucja., Piotr Marecki

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

In 1989, Janusz Pelc wrote the game Robbo on an 8-bit Atari, one of the first personal computers, which enjoyed a cult-like status in Poland before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Robbo, a small robot, collects screws and has to get through 56 planets. The game has achieved cult status, spawning hundreds of remixes and modifications. Beginning in the 1980s, fans (once mainly young boys, today adult men) played this game, collecting screws and running away from enemies such as bats, flying eyes, devils etc., while drinking beer, smoking cigarettes, eating crisps and telling jokes. One of ...


Digital Participatory Poetics And Civic Engagement In The Creative Writing Classroom, Liza D. Flum, Emily Oliver Sep 2019

Digital Participatory Poetics And Civic Engagement In The Creative Writing Classroom, Liza D. Flum, Emily Oliver

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

This article explores the ways a team-taught course, “Public Poetry in a Digital World,” supported community-building through participatory action and digital creative making. Using digital texts responding to current events, this course fostered students’ civic imagination and invited them to make connections among their own lives, their communities and poetic civic media. This class facilitated critical community engagement through digital pedagogy and final projects in which students performed public scholarship. Ultimately, this course serves as a case study of how teaching born-digital texts with digital tools can expand the capacity of the creative writing classroom.


Toward Disruptive Creation In Digital Literature Instruction, Michael D. Clark Sep 2019

Toward Disruptive Creation In Digital Literature Instruction, Michael D. Clark

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

Given the multimodal and collaborative nature of digital literature along with the ways it often embodies the theories informing its artistic production, approaches to exploring both the creation and study of the form must abandon legacy pedagogies in favor of disruptive, student-driven course experiences. This work must further include explorations of digital culture, means of production, multimodal literacies, and connections with various definitions of literature ranging from print to auditory to visual forms. To accomplish this, instructors must move from more traditional hierarchical roles to those of facilitator and participant, committing consistently to returning decision-making work to the students.


Creative Writing Across Mediums And Modes: A Pedagogical Model, Saul B. Lemerond Phd Sep 2019

Creative Writing Across Mediums And Modes: A Pedagogical Model, Saul B. Lemerond Phd

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

This is a creative practice (pedagogy) paper outlining the current formulation of my multimodal introduction to creative writing course. In this paper, I describe the course in detail, address the tensions, tradeoffs, and workarounds inherent in abandoning the traditional workshop model, describe instances of student engagement and success to illuminate this process, and endeavor to explain why high amounts of engagement and enthusiasm I get from my students concerning the content of my course is justified. My multimodal course is a generative course where my students are required to produce work in different creative modes on a near weekly basis ...


The Introvert's Guide To The Galaxy: A Reflective Guide Of Solo Travel And Study Abroad, Hope Patterson Apr 2019

The Introvert's Guide To The Galaxy: A Reflective Guide Of Solo Travel And Study Abroad, Hope Patterson

Senior Theses

Oringinally meant to be a much longer volume, The Introvert’s Guide to the Galaxy is a creative anthology of works that explores one person’s Study Abroad and solo travel experiences. The main goal is to open a space to talk about unique experiences that cannot be anticipated, but should be learned from later. Topics include culture shock, sexism, alcohol culture, family, freelance tutoring, and risky outdoor activites.

Travel with our trusty guide as she fills you in on the things to know while traveling abroad, including finding perfect outdoor sleeping conditions because you missed all the taxis, dealing ...


Mermaid Song: The Notebooks Of The Writing Woman, Gianna T. Ward-Vetrano Jun 2017

Mermaid Song: The Notebooks Of The Writing Woman, Gianna T. Ward-Vetrano

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This thesis is built on the model of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, that is, it is a feminist project of holistic integration that does not reject fracturing, ambiguity, or contradiction, but aims to attain a more complex and thus truer portrait of the woman writing. Lessing’s notebooks examine conflicts between communism and capitalism, racial conflict in Africa, conflict between men and women, and the conflict between the protagonist Anna Wulf’s identity as a woman and her identity as a writer, each of which she then attempts to integrate into the singular golden notebook of the title ...


Animal Poems, Elian Mota May 2015

Animal Poems, Elian Mota

Theses and Dissertations

A collection of formal, free-form, and hybrid poems dealing with themes of birth and death, nihilism, romance and sexuality, memory, language, and other aspects of the human animal.


Horizons, Volume 29, Spring 2014, Sacred Heart University May 2014

Horizons, Volume 29, Spring 2014, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

An interdisciplinary, multi-cultural journal celebrating the creativity of SHU students during the academic year 2013-2014.


My Life In Pieces, Scattered Abroad: A 22 Year Old East Tennessean Attempts To Take Everything She Has Learned Growing Up In A Small Town And Make Sense Of It In The French Riviera—The Côte D’Azur—Which Instantly Felt Like Home, Christin B. Ball May 2014

My Life In Pieces, Scattered Abroad: A 22 Year Old East Tennessean Attempts To Take Everything She Has Learned Growing Up In A Small Town And Make Sense Of It In The French Riviera—The Côte D’Azur—Which Instantly Felt Like Home, Christin B. Ball

Undergraduate Honors Theses

For my senior thesis, I have compiled essays that cover traveling to Aix en Provence for the month of June 2103 and growing up in East Tennessee. This project should exhibit my skills as a writer in the nonfiction category. I describe personal experiences, portray characters, and attempt to show readers a world that they may not otherwise have been able to experience. I blend narrative essays with travel writing to show overall how these two components create an intercultural experience that work to inform and answer each other.


Drywall, Aimee Charlene Demery Jan 2014

Drywall, Aimee Charlene Demery

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

My intention in writing this collection was to explore where Lyric and narrative come together to tell a story that is neither linear nor abstract, but woven in such a way as to be an immersion. The Lyric gave me room for experimentation in language and eased the difficulties inherent in showing the obsession of the narrator. The narrative arcs in prose allowed for scenes and story to develop, even when on a minute scale.

During the writing process, it became very apparent that at the heart of these stories was a fascination somewhere between fixation and voyeurism. Seeing the ...


Dialogue In Fiction, Tracy A. Townsend Jun 2013

Dialogue In Fiction, Tracy A. Townsend

The Short Story

This close-reading and discussion-oriented lesson, which takes between sixty and seventy minutes, uses Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants” as a model of how dialogue advances plot and develops character in fiction. It is useful in literature classrooms for its emphasis on drawing inferences from text and in creative writing contexts for teaching effective dialogue writing. This lesson is suitable for grades 9-12.


Natural Domesticated Disasters, Alissa M. Fehlbaum Jan 2013

Natural Domesticated Disasters, Alissa M. Fehlbaum

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The focus of Natural Domesticated Disasters is on the fractured and broken in the domestic realm, specifically upon the gulf between the domestic and the domesticated, the power of the American home to ensnare and enslave.

The stories in this collection seek to walk in stride with the middle-aged woman, she who does not get paid enough to give a damn about the air quality around your asthmatic brat of a child, she who devours cigarettes on her retail job break and hovers waiting in the mini-van outside the elementary playground. My objective is for the reader of this manuscript ...


Horizons, Volume 22, 2005, Sacred Heart University Apr 2005

Horizons, Volume 22, 2005, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

Sacred Heart University's student literary magazine, Horizons.


Horizons, Volume 21, 2004, Sacred Heart University Apr 2004

Horizons, Volume 21, 2004, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

Sacred Heart University student literary magazine, Horizons.


Horizons, Volume 18, 2001, Sacred Heart University Jan 2001

Horizons, Volume 18, 2001, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

An interdisciplinary, multi-cultural journal celebrating the creativity of SHU students during the academic year 2000-2001.


Horizons, Volume 19, 1996-1997, Sacred Heart University Jan 1997

Horizons, Volume 19, 1996-1997, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

An interdisciplinary, multi-cultural journal celebrating the creativity of SHU students during the academic year 1996-1997.


Horizons, Volume 18, 1995, Sacred Heart University Jan 1995

Horizons, Volume 18, 1995, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

No abstract provided.


Horizons, Volume 17, 1994, Sacred Heart University Jan 1994

Horizons, Volume 17, 1994, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

No abstract provided.


Horizons, Volume 16, 1992, Sacred Heart University Jan 1992

Horizons, Volume 16, 1992, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

No abstract provided.


Horizons, Volume 14/15, 1990/1991, Sacred Heart University Jan 1991

Horizons, Volume 14/15, 1990/1991, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

No abstract provided.


Horizons, Volume 12/13, 1988/1989, Sacred Heart University Jan 1989

Horizons, Volume 12/13, 1988/1989, Sacred Heart University

Vistas (Horizons)

No abstract provided.