What is Digital Writing?

What is Digital Writing?

Here are some definitions, provided in Digital Writing Matters, a book published by the National Writing Project:

  1. “Any writing that requires a computer to access it” (JodiAnn Stevenson).
  2. “Writing which, at a minimum, would be diminished if it were presented in non-digital format, and at best, which is effectively untranslatable out of the digital format” (Dan Waber).
  3.  “Creative writing that uses digital tools/software as an integral part of it conception and delivery” (Catherine Byron).
  4. “Collaborative/participatory writing, hypertext writing, improvisatory ‘real time’ writing, new media writing (i.e. multimedia authorship), code poetry and programmatic writing, online role playing, journal writing/blogging, international community building, E-learning, game playing” (Tim Wright).

Note: All emphases are mine.

Digital writing is participatory by nature and can be considered a “culture” of writing.

About npiasecki

Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in 21st century skills, research, and creative nonfiction. Director of the Denver Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project's professional network for K through College educators.
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