[2010: 10 ways social media will change]

Read more at Read Write Web:

Social Media Will Become a Single, Cohesive Experience Embedded In Our Activities and Technologies

Social Media Innovation Will No Longer Be Limited By Technology

Mobile Will Take Center Stage

Expect an Intense Battle As People and Companies Look To Own Their Own Content

Enterprises Will Shape the Next Generation of What We've Called "Social Media"

ROI Will Be Measured -- and It Will Matter

Finally: Real, Cool and Very Bizarre Online-Offline Integration

Many "Old" Skills Will Be Needed Again

Women Will Rule Social Media

Social Media Will Move Into New Domains


[inanimate alice = the future of the novel]

The Future of the Novel is Digital: Interactive Narrative 'Inanimate Alice' Featured in Epic Documentary TV Series

VANCOUVER, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Inanimate Alice, the award-winning multimedia title from novelist Kate Pullinger, recent recipient of the Governor General's Award for fiction, features in the final episode of TVO's epic documentary series Empire of the Word broadcasting December 16, in Canada.

Demonstrating an entertaining new way to read, the interaction of Inanimate Alice makes for an immersive reading experience. Being interspersed with puzzles and games, simple to start with, growing more complex with each episode as the story unfolds, the series has a layered structure and a multi-tasking environment that digital natives feel is their territory and which teachers can employ for reading inspiration.

Inanimate Alice may feel more like playing a casual game than reading a novel, however a richly endowed story is at the heart of the experience. "Inanimate Alice has been created as a world story," said series producer Ian Harper. "It is about peoples and places and the world young people experience today. It reaches beyond borders and the constraints of language and religion."
"What is really exciting is for us to receive messages from young students on their home computers telling us they have been working on Inanimate Alice at school and asking when the next episode will be available," said Harper.

The teaching resources [by me!] associated with the Inanimate Alice series have been accessed by Departments of Education, National Libraries and major universities around the world. In Australia, the series is seen as "demonstrating an innovative way of presenting resources that support learning in the areas of English Literacy and Information and Communications Technology." Elsewhere, teachers are using episodes for improvement in English Language training. "No matter how hard we try we cannot get young students to read from books," a teacher from Singapore noted.

Harper commented, "It is gratifying to see the series being deployed across wide age ranges, encouraging the hard-to-engage while inspiring creative writing amongst the gifted. While we are immersed in the discussion about what shape the books of the future will take, we'd like to see the series be a kick-start for more traditional forms of reading."

Twitter: http://twitter.com/inanimatealice
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inanimate-Alice/125007357446

Investors interested in learning more about Inanimate Alice contact, Ian Harper, harperjian@gmail.com


[professorship communications: south korea]

Yeungnam University is now accepting applications for a full-time foreign-instructor (a native English speaker preferred) to be available March 1, 2010. Located on 900 scenic acres in Gyeongsan, 6 miles southeast of Daegu, Yeungnam University is a private university with a student enrollment of over 35,000.

1.   Job Title:  Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, depending on career specialty

2. Teaching Subjects
-      Mass Communication & Society, Research Method, Communication Theory, etc.

3. Period of Contract
-      March 1, 2010 to February 30, 2011 with the possibility of renewal

4. Teaching Loads & Semesters
-      9 credits per semester (Spring & Fall, 15-week semesters)
-      All classes should be taught in English

5. Requirements & Qualifications
-      Ph.D. preferred in Media & Communication
-      The applicant with a Master's degree should at least one-year of teaching experience at a university

l  Preferred qualifications:
-       An English-language teaching certificate (TESOL/TEFL/CELTA or equivalent) from a recognized provider.
-       A resourceful, innovative and dedicated professional who truly enjoys teaching.
-       An energetic, self-motivated team player with strong collaborative and communication skills.

6. Salary & Benefits
-       An annual salary of 31,161,000 to 40,341,000 Won (or more) for twelve months, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
-       Overtime pay: Overtime pay for teaching will be paid according to the University's standard rates in effect during the contract term of employment.
-       The Professor's health insurance will be covered by Yeungnam University's Medical Insurance Policy at the standard rate in effect during the contract term of employment
-       Pension Insurance Fees(Insurance Fund) will be paid by the professor according to the Pension Law(Act) Korea.
-       The University will allow the Professor to have maximum 8 weeks of vacation during the summer and winter vacation period.
-       All applicable taxes are to be paid by the professor according to the Korean Tax Law.
-       Housing: A university owned furnished apartment is provided. If no vacancies are available, you will be provided with a housing allowance of 450,000 KRW per month.
-       The University will provide one research office.

* Application & Deadline
  - Documents Required Before the Interview Date:
1)     A cover letter that outlines your teaching experience and range of teaching interests
2)     A statement of interest in and qualifications for teaching specific courses
3)     Two copies of detailed resume with photo (Please indicate month and year for your work experience and education.)
4)     A copy of passport photo page
5)     Two letters of recommendation
6)     The alien registration ID(It can be submitted later)
7)     Three passport sized photos
8)     Two evidences of career development
9)     Two copies of diploma (Bachelor, Master, and PhD).
10)   The two copies of certificate of grades(GPA on bachelor, master, PhD)

  - Deadline: Dec. 30, 2009
  - E-mail: feel0932@hanmail.net (You can apply by E-mail.)
- Mailing Address:

Miss Kyeong-Ha Nam
A secretary to the Chair of Department of Media & Communication
YeungNam University,
214-1, Dae-dong, Gyeongsan-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Zip Code 712-749


[writing conference: england]

Writing Industries Conference 2010
Saturday 6th March 2010, Loughborough University
A Literature Network, Writing East Midlands
and Loughborough University project.
Twitter #wic2010


The Writing Industries Conference 2010 is now open to applications for 1-2-1 meetings with agents and editors. Writers will have the chance to present their work in fiction, creative non-fiction and spoken word. A limited number of 1-2-1s are available and only ticket holders to WIC 2010 may apply.
1-2-1 meetings are available with:

Lorella Belli, Lorella Belli Literary Agency http://www.facebook.com/l/88d0e;www.lorellabelliagency.com/
Ollie Munson, Blake Friedmann, Literary TV and Film Agency http://www.facebook.com/l/88d0e;www.blakefriedmann.co.uk/
Alan Mahar, Tindal Street Press http://www.facebook.com/l/88d0e;www.tindalstreet.co.uk/
Sarah Ellis, Apples and Snakes http://www.facebook.com/l/88d0e;www.applesandsnakes.org/
James Wills, Watson, Little Ltd http://www.facebook.com/l/88d0e;www.watsonlittle.com/
John Berlyne, Zeno Agency Ltd http://www.facebook.com/l/88d0e;www.zenoagency.com/
Jane Finigan, Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency http://www.facebook.com/l/88d0e;www.lutyensrubinstein.co.uk
For guidelines and details on how to apply please see: http://www.facebook.com/l/88d0e;writingindustries.com/1-2-1-guidelines/

WIC 2010 will bring together writers from across the East Midlands and professionals from the writing industries to share knowledge, develop skills and forge new contacts. 200 writers from the region will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with professionals from the writing industries in a variety of settings:

• Agents and editors in one-to-one sessions with selected writers, giving advice and support in their area of expertise.

• Panel discussions exploring specific areas of writing, from breaking into commercial publishing to working in the community.

• Writing industries fair featuring stalls from local publishers, funders and other organisations involved with the writing industries.

• And of course there will be plenty of opportunity to meet and talk with other writers over a coffee.

Details of the full programme will be announced soon.



[snowed in!]



Snow fight!


And yes, my Hunters' wellies aren't quite adequate for Edmonton snow.


[digital writing: mfa applications sought]

Applications Sought:
A two-year position, including full tuition and a stipend, leading to an MFA.
Information on how to apply to Brown's graduate school is linked from the programme's website.

Since 1990, Brown’s Graduate Program in Literary Arts has earned recognition as an international leader in the field of electronic writing.  Today, writing digital media is part of the trans-departmental digital arts development at Brown involving Literary Arts, Music, Visual Art, Modern Culture and Media, Computer Science, and other departments. Links have also been forged with the Digital+Media Center at the Rhode Island School of Design. Though the focus is still on writing and thus on the text, students in literary hypermedia take courses offering the additional possibility of working in mixed hypermedia, including computer graphics, animation, electronic music, video, and virtual 3-D environments. A new experimental workshop, 'Cave Writing,' has been launched in Brown’s immersive virtual reality environment in the Center Computation and Visualization. Our faculty include Professor Robert Coover, who was the moving force behind these initiatives and, since 2007, Professor John Cayley.

Further information about ongoing activities can be found at http://writingdigitalmedia.org

Previous fellows: Talan Memmott, William Gillespie, Brian Kim Stefans, Daniel Howe, Aya Karpinska, Justin Katko. Current fellows: Samantha Gorman, Ian Hatcher, Edrex Fontanilla. Previous writing fellows who completed electronic theses or taught eWriting at Brown as graduates include: Bobby Arellano, Mark Amerika, Matthew Derby, Mary-Kim Arnold, Judd Morrissey, Noah Wardrip-Fruin.

Electronic Writing fellows have access to all the resources of the Literary Arts Program and its innovative and engaged faculty directed by Professor Brian Evenson. Please see the website for a complete listing.


[end of term marking!]

This is just too eloquent:

NB: I found the image included in Richard Haswell's article "The Complexities of Responding to Student Writing" and he references the image as: Composition Chronicle: Newsletter for Writing Teachers 8 (3), April 1995, p. 11.