Project 1 (The craft of writing) – Research point

Read Hazel Smith’s essay, ‘Creative Writing and New Media’ in The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing (p.102–17)

Points of interest

  • ‘In new media writing…the screen replaces the page.’ (p.102)
  • ‘…the French group Oulipo developed writing techniques which applied constraints…’ (p.102)
  • ‘Creative writing in new media means working with computer code as well as language, and creates a triumvirate between the writer, language and programming.’ (p.103)
  • ‘…text generation is arguably the most radical form of new media writing and likely to be very influential in the future.’ (p.104)
  • ‘Creative writing in new media therefore raises pertinent issues about reciprocation between humans and computers…’ (p.105)
  • ‘…will it be possible for people with very little literary education to create work?’ (p.106)
  • ‘…the interlinking of images, words and sounds can produce a wealth of narrative and poetic possibilities for engaging with contemporary social-politic events.’ (p.110)
  • ‘Effective artworks occur when artists interact strongly with the medium in which they are working.’ (p.110)
  • ‘Creating interplay between sounds, words and images augments the capacities of language.’ (p.113)

Implications of the digital revolution for creative writing

  • More room for experimentation and innovation
  • Increased accessibility and globalisation
  • Information is easier and cheaper to obtain
  • User interactivity
  • Explores relationship between humans and computers/technology
  • Writing exists beyond the page
  • Combination of text with sound and image
  • Kineticism (movement as a medium)
  • New media writing might not transcend its time (technology evolves fast)
  • Less reliable content (no editors or publishers)
  • Loss of traditional formal and academic properties/structures in literature


Smith, H. (2012) ‘Creative Writing and New Media’ In: Morley, D. and Neilsen, P. (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.102-117.


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