hosted by Judy Malloy

Begun in conjunction
with the 2008 Electronic
Literature Conference
this resource was part of
the Computers and
Writing 2009 Online
hosted by
UC Davis

Index to Current News

SITE 2011 - Society
for Information Technology
and Teacher Education Conference

Electronic Visualization
and the Arts
Calls for

Center for Digital Discourse
and Culture - E-book on the Digital Humanities

Chicago Colloquium on Digital
Humanities and Computer Science

E-Poetry 2011 Announces Details; Calls for Proposals

International Conference
on Interactive Digital Storytelling
: papers

"Notes on the IF Community"
"Interactive Poetry Generation Systems"

International Conference
on Computational Creativity

International Conference
to Focus on Latin American
New Media Literature

The Art of Human-Computer
Interface Design

New Books on the Aesthetics
of Computer Art and Computer Games,
and More

Critical Code Studies
Explores Aspects
of Code and Writing

2011 Independent Games Festival
to Include Mobile, Handheld,
and Experimental Games

Amy Earhart and Andrew Jewell: The American Literature
Scholar in the Digital Age

2010 IDMAA Conference
to Focus on The Digital

O'Reilly Manuals on
Flash and Dreamweaver

Featured Work:
Intimate Alice

New and Forthcoming Books

Recent Articles on HTML5

E-Poetry 2011 to be held in Buffalo

Archive and Innovate
2010 ELO International Conference
& Festival

Interactive Digital
Invites Performance Submissions

Stanford Selected to host
Digital Humanities 2011

SDH-SEMI in Montreal
to Feature Hypertext Performance

Emerging Language Practices
- New E-Journal from
the EPC

Critical Code Studies
to Host Conference at USC

A resource for teachers and students of new media writing, who are exploring what authoring tools to use, for new media writers and poets, who are interested in how their colleagues approach their work, and for readers, who want to understand how new media writers and poets create their work, the Authoring Software project is an ongoing collection of statements about authoring tools and software. It also looks at the relationship between interface and content in new media writing and at how the innovative use of authoring tools and the creation of new authoring tools have expanded digital writing/hypertext writing/net narrative practice in this vibrant contemporary creative writing field.

This is the page for ARCHIVED NEWS

Current News is Available on the Authoring Software News Page

July, 2010

New Statements: Caitlin Fisher, Eugenio Tisselli

Caitlin Fisher

Caitlin Fisher holds a Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture in the Department of Film at York University, Toronto. A co-founder of York's Future Cinema Lab, her research investigates the future of narrative through explorations of interactive storytelling and interactive cinema in Augmented Reality environments. Her work is poetic, exploratory, interesting, and innovative, currently combining the development of authoring software with evocative literary constructs, and most recently, her augmented reality poem, Andromeda, was co-awarded the 2008 International Cuidad de Vinaròs Prize for Electronic Literature in the digital poetry category. Visit her Authoring Software statement to find out about the development of the Snapdragon authoring environment in her AR Lab at York University, the creation of Andromeda with Snapdragon, and the creation of the subsequent performative version, Andromeda2.

Eugenio Tisselli

Writer and Programmer Eugenio Tisselli, who has been an associate researcher at Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris and currently teaches at and is co-director of the Master in Digital Arts program at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, talks about the creation of his artists software MIDIPoet. Since 1999, when he wrote the first version of MIDIPoet, Tisselli has created a series of interactive visual poetry performance works composed with sound, projected words, and visual images. MIDIPoet has also been used creatively by other writers and artists. His innovative work highlights the relationship of letters to words and groups of words, as well as the relationship of the performer to the words in ways that are important to an exploration of reading/viewing text in the development of new media literature. Visit his Authoring Software statement to find out more.

Featured Work: Intimate Alice by Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph

Statements by writers and artists about how their work was created are an important component of Authoring Software. Not only do they inform writers about the work of their colleagues, but also they provide teachers, scholars, students, and readers with a way of looking at how new media literature is being created.

For instance, how new media writers use Adobe Flash in a variety of ways is illustrated in statements by writers who use Flash as an integral part of the process:

Mark Amerika
Alan Bigelow
Chris Joseph
Rob Kendall
Stuart Moulthrop
Alexander Mouton
Regina Pinto
Stephanie Strickland,
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

Nanette Wylde

July's featured work on Authoring Software is Inanimate Alice, created by Kate Pullinger and Chris Joseph, using Photoshop, Premiere, Sound Forge, Acid, and Flash.

Kate Pullinger, who writes for print, digital media, radio, and film, is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University. Her 2009 novel The Mistress of Nothing received the Canadian Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction.

Digital writer Chris Joseph is the Editor of post-dada magazine and the network In his contribution to Authoring Software, he explains how Flash was used to combine authoring elements and create and distribute the final work. He also addresses the reasons Flash was chosen, including a large user base; "the relatively simple creation of randomized, non-linear and interactive elements"; and access to a large variety of animation styles. Visit Chris Joseph's statement about Intimate Alice to find out more.

Writers work in many different ways. Thus, it is important to consider individual vision in designing a work of new media literature. Among the many alternatives to the use of Flash are those utilized by J.R. Carpenter in her statement about Entre Ville. Steve Ersinghaus writes about his use of Eastgate's Storyspace in his statement on The Life of Geronimo Sandoval. Mark Marino's use of the adaptive hypertext system Literatronica, created by Juan B. Guiterrez, is presented in his statement on a show of hands, and Joel Weishaus explains how he used Dreamweaver and Photoshop in his words about The Way North.

March 14, 2010

365 instances of the letter "A" Produced by Regina Pinto, AlphaAlpha Uses Graphics, Animation, and Sound to Create an Effective Work of Collaborative Visual Poetry

This month begins with South American artist Regina Pinto's AlphaAlpha, for which she uses a variety of graphic art, animation, video, website design, and sound software applications to create a dynamic work of visual poetry that -- in this screen-viewed medium where text can be encountered in a visual manner -- focuses attention on the representation of the first letter of the alphabet, resulting in a work of collaborative art that, with its evocative connotations of "first letter", also imagines and illustrates how words and text can be represented on the Internet.

The AlphaAlpha project is a classic collaborative work in that participants were invited to create within the context of an interesting idea, and the producer incorporated their work in a framework that in this case includes texts and visual implementations of the letter "A". The project both alludes to the vibrant South American tradition of visual poetry and calls attention to how text can be represented on the World wide Web. Participants were from all over the world including Brazil, USA, Canada, Chile, France, UK, Argentina, Finland, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Uruguay, Spain, and Mexico.

January, 2010

Links to Resources and Applications: Authoring Software Highlights Software Applications and the Writers and Artists Who Use Them

To make the section of this resource that provides links to Authoring Software and other resources in the field more useable, a new page has been created for Authoring Software Links and will be continued to be updated during this first month of the New Year.

December, 2009

Interview with Sonya Rapoport: The Process of Creation of New Media Art and Literature

New media art projects, whether they are art, literature, or performance, may or may not follow a traditional software management path from idea to completion.

The field of new media includes practitioners from very different backgrounds. Some may approach their work as project managers. Others may begin their work as software engineers who create systems that are conducive to computer-mediated art, literature, music or dance. Others may begin their work with an artistic concept and then, either by using a pre-existing application or by creating their own authoring software, search for a system to implement their work. Others just plunge in, in itself an acceptable approach in the arts. Some combine all of these approaches or alternate them in a continual process of exploration in this new field.

In addition to statements by writers about how they have created their work, the Authoring Software project will look at the creation of new media art as a whole process. To this end, theproject will be interviewing software creators, new media writers, and artists from different disciplines.

This month Authoring Software features an interview with new media artist Sonya Rapoport, a visual artist and interactive art pioneer who creates audience participatory interactive installations, as well as web works and artists books. Although Sonya's work can be approached in many ways, in this interview, the focus is on her process which:

  • begins with the creation of a work of visual art in her studio,
  • seeks interactive audience input in gallery and/or invited situations
  • incorporates the input into the work
  • exhibits the new work
  • and sometimes continues the process
As I note in my first question to Sonya:

The idea of the audience contributing to the content of the work has become a central strategy in the creation of net art and participatory collaborative texts. You were one of the first people to use participatory interaction in your work, and the ideas you used are now pervasive in new media art practice. Communication projects, such as the Electronic Cafe, the Send/Receive project, Roy Ascott's work, Robert Adrian's The World in 24 Hours and Hank Bull's diffuse organic projects, were often based on back and forth communication and/or collaboration/shared creation by artists. These works are important.

But your work is different in that it presented the audience with an individual artist-created work of art to respond to and then creatively incorporated the audience responses into the work. Other than projects, such as The Community Memory which was not intended as an artwork, and perhaps some of Steve Wilson's early work, to my knowledge your work is very seminal in this field.

Visit the Interview with Sonya Rapoport to find out more.

Computers and Writing 2009

Greetings to participants in at the Computers and Writing 2009 Online Sessions who visited this Blog. More commentary from new media writers will be posted in the coming months, and you are invited to continue visiting Authoring Software.

I have very much enjoyed participating in this online conference. Thanks to Carl Whithaus and UC Davis for providing the opportunity to explore new online session software and to meet people working in the field of computers and writing!

Judy Malloy

For information about the Authoring Software resource, email Judy Malloy at:

Authoring Software
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Of Interest Elsewhere:
Emerging Language Practices
from the EPC
at SUNY Buffalo


Writers and Artists
Talk about Their Work
and the Software They
use to Create Their Work

Mark Amerika
Stefan Muller Arisona
Mark Bernstein
Alan Bigelow
Jay Bushman
J. R. Carpenter
M.D. Coverley
Steve Ersinghaus
Caitlin Fisher
Chris Funkhouser
Susan M. Gibb
Fox Harrell
Dylan Harris
William Harris
Ian Hatcher
Chris Joseph
Rob Kendall
Antoinette LaFarge
Deena Larsen
Donna Leishman
Judy Malloy
Mark Marino
Ethan Miller
Nick Montfort
Judd Morrissey
Stuart Moulthrop
Alexander Mouton
Karen O'Rourke
Regina Pinto
Kate Pullinger
Sonya Rapoport
Jim Rosenberg
Stephanie Strickland,
Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo

Sue Thomas
Eugenio Tisselli
Noah Wardrip-Fruin
Joel Weishaus
Nanette Wylde