Monash academics will feature in the Digital Writers Festival 2017, an online-first festival featuring 11 days of live-streamed events, professional development and interactive projects from 24 October – 3 November. This year, the festival brings together over 120 storytellers from Australia and the world to explore the future of storytelling. New forms, content trends and digital literacy will be a focus,providing development for audience and artists alike.
Tuesday 24 October, 6.30pm, ACMI
The Future of Storytelling (Melbourne)
Four artists at the forefront of innovation in digital storytelling kick off DWF17 with a discussion about the impact of interactive digital narratives, virtual reality, geolocated narratives and more in conversation with artistic director Izzy Roberts-Orr. Artists: Seb Chan, Brooke Maggs, Dr Misha Myers, Oscar Raby, Izzy Roberts-Orr.
Details and tickets: 2017.digitalwritersfestival.com/event/dwf17-launch-the-future-of-storytelling
Thursday 26 October, 12.30pm
The Evolution of Digital Literatures (live-streamed on the DWF website)
Hypertext. Twitterature. Geolocated narratives. From Horse e-books and twitterbots to Instapoets and beyond, how are digital literatures evolving? Perhaps more so than any other form, rapid rates of obsolescence in digital platforms pose unique challenges for the longevity and canonicity of digital literatures. Featuring Associate Professor Simone Murray, this conversation will explore where we’ve come from, and where we’re going next.
One of the most exciting possibilities digital spaces provide to creatives is the opportunity to connect with your community and share skills and learning, wherever you are. DWF challenges what a literary festival can be, carving out a space to explore the exciting possibilities new technologies present for storytellers
– Artistic Director Izzy Roberts-Orr
Transcending geographical boundaries, the entire festival is presented online at digitalwritersfestival.com. For the first time, DWF17 will also feature events held in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane that audiences can attend in person, as well as being live-streamed to the rest of the world via the DWF website.
DWF is also committed to bringing professional development opportunities to writers around the country through a range of online seminars, workshops and panel discussions. Aspiring writers can learn how to pitch hot takes, watch a professional editor in action, discover self-publishing and explore writing for games and speculative fiction. Audiences also have the opportunity to interact with festival-long projects, including winning up to $1000 in the Microfiction Challenge presented by Swinburne University, receiving daily Missives From the Future, and participating in the giant collaborative DWF Book Club.
DWF exists to nurture the storytellers of the future, connecting writers from across Australia and supporting those who face barriers of access to traditional festival events. The first festival of its kind, DWF’s unique blend of vocational, provocative and entertaining content makes it one of Australia’s most innovative festivals.
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