Week 4: Twine

Monday, February 8

Wednesday, February 10

  • Open a Twitter account (if you don’t have one already)
  • Use your Twitter account to publish your completed Twine work in Philome.la.
  • Share the link to your published work in our Slack channel. Before class.
  • For today’s workshop: “Tips for Critiquing Other People’s Work.”
  • Assignment:
    • Provide written feedback on your group-mates’ Twine works by Friday, using Slack (try creating a direct message with your group members).
    • Post a revision for your group to read by Monday.
    • Read the revised version and provide follow up feedback.
    • The final draft is due by Wednesday, February 17.
      • Write a blog entry in which you discuss the work, its process, and offer a link to the published work.
      • Share the final link on Slack.


Week 3: HTML to Hypertext

Monday, February 1

  • Open a Dropbox account.
  • Get an HTML editor (suggestions)
  • Write a story or poem in a standalone HTML Web page.
    • The page must be hand-coded (no WYSIWYG editors)
    • The page must have multimedia elements that enhance the work.
    • Publish your .htm or .html file in your Dropbox public folder.
    • Write a brief blog post about your creation discussing the design choices you made, and providing a link to the page.
    • Share a link to the blog post in our Slack channel.

Wednesday, February 3

  • Read “Patterns of Hypertext
  • Read I ♥︎ E-Poetry entry on “My Body: A Wunderkammer” and the story itself.
  • Write a 1-paragraph response to “My Body: A Wunderkammer” in our Slack channel.
  • Bring an idea for a hypertext story, poem, fanfic, etc that you’d like to develop as a hypertext. Be prepared to share it in class.

Week 2: Basic Code Literacy

Monday, January 25

Wednesday, January 27

Week 1: Spring 2016 Startup

Wednesday, January 20

Here are the tasks to get you started:

  • Develop a blog using a platform of your choice. This will become your online portfolio.
    • Write a “Hello World” which describes you as a writer. Think of it as your manifesto.
  • Sign up to join the Flores’ UPRM Courses Slack.
    • Join the #digcreativewriting channel.
    • Post a brief introduction of yourself in our #digcreativewriting channel, including a link to your blog.

Friday, January 22 – Monday schedule

  • Present your blog (1-2 minutes).
  • Begin developing your first writing assignment: a creative writing sample that gives readers a taste of your style, interests, etc.

Spring 2016 Announcement

What does it mean to write creatively in digital media? Is it any different than writing for the printed page? How can we explore the expressive potential of digital media spaces?

This course, offered by Dr. Leonardo Flores this Spring 2016 semester on Monday and Wednesday evenings (6:00-7:15 pm) will be dedicated to a series of creative writing exercises and performances in digital spaces. We will explore blogging, writing in social media networks, collaborate in netprovs (networked improvisation performances), remix electronic literature, produce animated GIFs, kinetic typography videos, bots, and more.

Visit the course website to see how it was taught in the Fall 2014 semester, but keep in mind that I update the course every time it’s taught.

We have reserved spots for English majors, so please request access from Drs. Rosita Rivera or Nancy Vicente if it’s full.

Hope to see you in the Spring!

Week 17: This Week’s Final Assignment Will Blow Your Mind!

Monday, December 1

  • Present your idea for a work of electronic literature.
  • How does it engage digital media?
  • Read: “Memory Slam” by Nick Montfort
  • Check out completed novels at “NaNoGenMo
  • Read: “Memory” by Pedro Javier Valle
  • Visit Lulu.com and read entry on “The Black Book” by Jean Keller
  • Visit Twine

Wednesday, December 3

Assignment: Portfolio Blog Entry

  • Write a blog entry that lists and links to the work you’ve done this semester.
  • The entry must be written in the style of a listicle and should encourage readers to click on the links to your works.
  • The entry should have an Image Macro (“meme”) as a featured image that represents your work.
  • The entry should have a clickbait styled title.
  • Share your entry in our Pinterest Board
  • Share your entry on Twitter, using the following hashtags & mention: #engl3238 #elit @leonardo_UPRM
  • Deadline: Monday, December 8

Final Project: Electronic Literature

Your final project will be a work that engages the potential of digital media for your creative writing. This project can be as elaborate or minimalist as possible in its engagement with digital media. It can be an elaboration or further exploration of a previous project developed in this class. Here’s a definition:

whatiselitA rule of thumb: a work of e-lit cannot be printed out without losing essential functionality.

The work is due on Friday, December 5:

  • A blog posting describing the work and how it engages digital media.
  • A link to the work.
  • Post a link to your blog entry in our Pinterest Board.
  • We will present our works during our final exam on December 15, 2014.


DIY Taroko Gorge Remix

Here’s how to create your own “Taroko Gorge” remix in # easy steps:

You will need:


  1. Open “Taroko Gorge.
  2. Right click (or Ctrl-click if a Mac user) on the poem to view the source code.
  3. Save the source code on your computer.
  4. Open the source code in text editor.
  5. Change the data for the variables.
  6. Open file in browser to see generated results.
  7. Revise if necessary. Debug if necessary.
  8. Name your remix, changing title, filename, background colors, list of names, images, etc.
  9. Link back to Taroko Gorge, adding your name below Nick Montfort’s name.
  10. Upload remixed file to Web hosting service.

Week 15: Remix

Monday, November 17

  • Class does not meet today.
  • Read your group members’ uncreative writing pieces and comment on them.
  • Choose one work from each group to share in class on Tuesday.

Tuesday, November 18

  • Presentation of selected uncreative writing pieces.
  • Read Taroko Gorge (2009).
    • Read the poem all the way to the end.
    • Write a response to the poem on Twitter.
    • Use the following hashtag: #engl3238
  • We will discuss this poem on Twitter over the next few days. Mention me if you’re not showing up on the hashtag: @leonardo_uprm

Wednesday, November 19

  • Holiday: classes don’t meet.

Friday, November 21