Today I was at The Holbourne Museum giving a talk about Online Writing at the Bath Literature Festival. The museum is a beautiful venue and I spent an hour and half with the good writers and bloggers of the South West discussing social media, online profiles and getting your work noticed. As promised I have uploaded the slides as a pdf (5mb)… online-writing
I also mentioned various platforms that students, teachers and writers can use when creating online projects. Here’s a list:
The Game Is Altered is a beautiful, energetically written collection of fiercely contemporary ideas, neatly packaged like an MTV indent into a post-cyberpunk soap opera of a boy looking for love and escape in a vast, immersive MMO.
Sums it up I guess. Anyway, a welcome fillip after a quiet year. Thank you Sc-Fi Now.
In other news I’ve had a story published in the autumn edition of Under the Radar. The story is called The Donkey and has nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas.
Issue 10 features: Poemsby Liz Berry, Geraldine Clarkson, Bob Cooper, Jude Cowan Montague, Dill Darling, Carrie Etter, Mark Goodwin, Sonia Hendy-Isaac, Nigel Hutchinson, Sarah Jackson, Sarah James, Crystal Jeans, Emma Lee, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Matt Merritt, Fiona Moore, DA Prince, Jonathan Taylor, Alana Tomlin, Christian Ward and Charles Wilkinson.
Short Stories by Helen Cross, Mez Packer 🙂, John McGhee and Hilaire.
We’ll be making ‘narrativium’, multi-media stories from the future, all based on on info from regional scientists, people who have useful info and perspectives on what it takes to feed a city. You’ll be joining lively young Brummies, including a theatre guy, a musician and composer, a film-maker, a novelist and on-line author . . . to list just a few.
Learn everything you need to know about how to get people reading your writing. Mez Packer, author of The Game is Altered, will explore with you the ins and outs of blogging, interactive storytelling and how to use social media to develop your work and get it noticed.
In April (5th-7th) 2013 I’ll be on the Isle of Wight with the Skyros team delivering a weekend of creative writing at The Grange. It’ll be my first time on the island and I’m looking forward to a bit of spring sightseeing and meeting the Skyros ‘home team’.
I’m getting excited about Reliable Witness, a project I’ve been working on all summer. Along with another midlands-based writer, Rochi Rampal, I’ve been writing the scenarios and interactive scripts for a bold transmedia storytelling piece commissioned by the Birmingham Book Festival. Come and see the installation – 4th-13th October – Unit 10, Pavilions Shopping Centre, Birmingham, 10am-4pm daily. It’s going to be amazing! There will also be an initial performance piece at ArtsFest in Birmingham, September 8, Centenary Square. I’m not sure of the time yet but it’ll be in the afternoon.
Here’s some of the website blurb.
Meet Darren and Amy – a young couple in love finding their feet in their relationship. As their trusted friend you’ve been there for them, giving advice and a sympathetic ear for years. You’ve relaxed in their company, shared jokes and have been known to crash out and stare at the TV together now and again. You’ve seen them through a few ups and downs. So far, your involvement in their relationship has been passive, easy. Your loyalty has been neither divided nor tested. That’s about to change.
Darren and Amy’s story is moving quickly. Are you watching? Reliable Witness is the Birmingham Book Festival’s first ever commissioned interactive storytelling experience. Follow the characters on social media, become a spectator or participant in their life together. Meet and see them in the offline world. Look out for The Birmingham Book Festival team live at Artsfest on the afternoon of Saturday 8th September, previewing this literature event with a difference.
You can follow the initial story on Twitter hashtag #reliablewitness or visit the capture website – Reliable Witness. You can also make friends with all the characters on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
The interactivity is being produced by the expert geeky people at The Adhere Creative, project managed by the fabulously efficient women at Red Lantern Project Management Ltd, overseen by some serious digital enthusiasts at Birmingham Book Festival and funded by Arts Council England.
This workshop led by award winning author, Mez Packer, is aimed at giving participants a clear understanding of the technical and creative aspects of writing contemporary fiction. Along with exercises to get you going (drawing on experience, memory and place) the workshop will focus on plot, character and voice as well as other elements that drive a narrative forward and keep the reader wanting more. Using examples we won’t forget prose-style and dialogue either. Finally, there will be opportunities for sharing work and receiving feedback on the day.
Tickets: £22.50 There are only 15 places available for this workshop. Please book in advance.
It was very nice to receive a Facebook notification the other day to inform me that The Game is Altered has been shortlisted for an award. It’s not the Orange Prize (I will never be that rare thing – an Orange shortlisted author – now that Orange has withdrawn its sponsorship from the prize);).
No, I have been shortlisted for the Pineapple Prize. I’d never heard of it either but I am suitably delighted. It’s an interesting list too.