Digital Writing Month started in November 2012. While the event was not hosted officially during 2013, you can go to www.makertext.com to see the results of our shorter experiment from November 2013. Digital Writing Month returned with a gusto in November 2014, hosted by Jesse Stommel, Sean Michael Morris and Chris Friend. In November 2015, we returned once again, hosted by Maha Bali, Sarah Honeychurch and Kevin Hodgson.
Digital Writing Month was originally conceived as a (somewhat) insane month-long writing challenge, a wild ride through the world of digital writing, wherein those daring enough to participate wield keyboard and cursor to create digital projects of text, image, and/or sound in the thirty days of November. Modeled after the inspirational National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), DigiWriMo asked writers to be creative not just with their words, but also with other digital media —image, video, and sound — and with what those media can do. We worked to redefine “writing” in the digital, and not confine it only to words, but open up the possibilities of narrative and exposition within multimedia and multimodal projects. Where that “writing” resides, what it looks like, how it interacts with other works and authors, is entirely up to the wild imaginings of each DigiWriMo participant.
Writers could choose to collaborate with one another on a long piece, like a novel or collection. They may conspire, co-author, cooperate, collude, or even compete… Blog posts, Twitter essays, podcasts, music videos, wiki novels, a tv pilot co-authored in a Google Doc, slideshows, academic articles, massively co-authored poems, songs, and novels are all potential ways to cross the finish line.
In 2016, Digital Writing Month has teamed up with Mia Zamora and some of the CLMOOC facilitators. Later this month we are planning a series of pop-up make cycles. If you’d like to get involved with organising one of more of these, tweet to the #CLMOOC hashtag. In the meantime, why not pop over to the Young Writers Project and make a start on their challenges.
Whatever form Digital Writing Month takes, the point is to experiment, to push our boundaries and create, and to locate our creations on the web, in relationship with other creations, other words and other authors. You do it your way, whatever way that is, and we’ll provide the applause.