What a #NetNarr Week!

Another wonderful week of #NetNarr has whipped by with so much food for thought! In cased you missed it and are interested in listening, Alan (@cogdog) & I were joined by Mark (@MCorbettWilson) & Geoff (@ggevalt) on Thursday night for a National Writing Project radio interview.

We were interviewed by Christina Cantrill of the National Writing Project (@seecantrill).  It was a pleasure to consider the workings of #NetNarr thus far.  What an affirmative conversation about our growing community! …We also touched upon some future #Netnarr ambitions.

Earlier in the week. the studio visit with Fourish Link & Elizabeth Minkel was FANtastic 😝.  The many worlds of fan fiction was collectively contemplated and so many question continue to flow.  For sometime I have had a special interest in participatory culture, and our discussion helped me think further about -the unique terms of community building in fan fiction spaces, – the cultural terms of lurking verses posting, -the important dynamic of young identity formation that is connected to early reading habits and sharing story worlds, and -the effect of recognizing self-representation when becoming a fan (i.e. “finding your peeps”).  I was also fascinated by the notion of fan fiction “tag wranglers”, and the work they do to shape the currents and flow in growing fan fiction communities. In our f2f class time, we further pondered the demographic “stats” re: fan pic communities that were mentioned in the hangout, including the stark underrepresentation of young women of color, and what that might tell us about accessibility vs. privilege and the resulting (lack of) points of identification for some.  If you would like to listen to the podcast (rather than webinar) version of our chat, please join us here and jump in to annotate via SoundCloud:

The other highlight from this week for me was considering different forms of collaborative writing that we have been playing with in #NetNarr.  We leapt from the practice of #Netprov last week, to an exercise in #Blackoutpoetry this week. We observed that the practice of #Netprov hinges on the “Yes+ Rule”.  That is, in improvisational social writing, you must accept the ideas of other players, and add-on to further grow the shared story world.  In contrast, with blackout poetry, one works with the words of another writer, but only to re-fashion them a new.  This work involves an editorial perspective, while it exercises the revision-muscles of the writer.

-The first form of collaborative writing (#Netprov) has you in a kind of “present suspension” – there is both adrenaline and anxiety – you must write “in the now” fueled with the spirit of open generosity.  You must accept a lack of control in the name of the creative collaboration.  You will end up in places unknown.

-The other form of collaboration (#blackoutpoetry) is certainly more individualistic.  Although your authorship is born of derivation, it is more like being gently haunted by the ghost of a previous writer.  Your work is to reshape the world in a present reality, and it is best done from a singular editorial mindscape.

Collaboration can mean very different things, no?

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