Semester of Creation

Fall 12-2-2019

Submission Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)

Committee Chair/First Advisor

Sergio Figueiredo

Course Number

PRWR 6850

Course Title

Writing for Interactive Media

Description of Work

"I Sh*t You Not" is an exercise in "edutainment" intended to instill feelings of skepticism and curiosity in its players when confronted with attention-grabbing headlines. Developed as an amusing answer to the fake news epidemic, this game can be played with up to four players in a head-to-head assessment of each other's evaluation skills.


Beginning on the first day of class, we will begin discussing the major course project: a themed collection of interactive and transmedia projects. Students will spend the first four weeks of the semester exploring two invention-based approaches to cultural writing theory and practice, from which they will decide on a particular theme related to writing for interactive media – for example, how do the affordances of interactive media bring into question the ethics of storytelling practice; how to transmedia storytelling practices bring into question the ethics of traditional media practices (e.g., speech; alphabetic writing). Regardless of the specific topic, students will be expected to ground this project on a current issue related to a particular scholarly or professional research context. Students will also determine whether the collection should be composed using a common genre (e.g., memoir, digital storytelling, scholarly article, experimental media, etc.).

Based on our class discussions, students will collaboratively develop a draft of a book proposal composed of essays written by students in the class. For this assignment, students will use a Google Doc prepared by the instructor to complete this collaborative work. After this draft is complete, students will write abstracts for their individual projects, which will them be added to the book proposal document.