The Future of Writing (2014)


Following the popular and successful symposiums in 2012 and 2013, media scholar John Potts has published his new work on the theme The Future of Writing (2014), featuring talks from the first symposium held November 13-14, 2012. To be launched by author and scholar Peter Doyle on June 11, 2014 at Macquarie University (5pm), the work looks at ideas of writing, journalism, and the novel in the context of intellectual, technological and social change and development. The book includes chapters focused on themes such as ‘Storytelling in the Digital Age’ (Garry Linnell), ‘Culture is the Algorithm’ (Richard Nash), ‘Creative Writing and New Technologies’ (Nigel Krauth), and ‘The Design of Writing: 29 Observations’ (Kathryn Millard and Alex Munt). The book also features work from eminent scholars including John Potts himself, Catharine Lumby, Mark Evans and Sherman Young, among others, and is published by Palgrave MacMillan (where it is available for purchase).  Although notably absent from the book, there were plenty of other segments from both symposiums that proved intriguing and insightful in regards to book publishing and creative writing in contemporary society, including Matthew Asprey and Theodore Ell on the art of beginning a literary journal in The Contrappasso Experiment, and Peter Doyle’s (Not) Giving Up the Day Job: Writing as Profession, as Pursuit, as Thing You Do, both of which stressed the importance of endurance in an otherwise fickle literary marketplace.


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