Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Eli Dillard: A Poem of Poems
Jessica Jonas: 1000 Black Hoodies Project (videos and FB group)
Liz Bamford: Tractiveffort
Tabitha Surface: Poetry & Cockney Rhyming Slang
Kimberley Lynne: !?Y-Art?!
Cate Maire: Cate's Communal Writing Experiment/Star Hoppers
Roger Market: Lost Things: A Hypertext Narrative (click on "hypertext" link)
Akesha Scott: An Ode to Typography
Monday, October 18, 2010
During the week, use your video camera to record some original clips to use in class. You may also find clips on the Web. The content itself does not matter; the video will not be graded.
Bring enough to be able to work in class.
•Access to a computer with iMovie
•Any music, photos, or text you wish to incorporate into your project
•A folder dedicated to your video project
1.Create a folder that contains all the things you want to incorporate into your video (images, music, text, your video footage). This will help ensure that you can easily access everything as you move from computer to computer.
2.Open iMovie and import the footage you would like to work with:
b.Select the video file you would like to work with
c.Create a “new event” for your Event Library
3.Create a new project
4.Review the footage in the event you created and select clips to move into your project.
5.Trim and move the clips until they are in the order you prefer
The Unfound Island - Liz
Brad Leroy Cartwright
Dredging the Choptank - Kimberley
Roger William Market
An Artist's Shameful Self-Promotion - Lori
The Solopreneur Lifestyle - Akesha
Tabitha Surface: A Not So Southern Writer
Kari A. Waters
Underwater atomic test: http://www.archive.org/details/CEP00110
The phantom unmasking scene: http://www.archive.org/details/CEP147
Tacoma bridge collapse: http://www.archive.org/details/SF121
Film countdown: http://www.archive.org/details/IMB_SF_R30_C4
Texas longhorns: http://www.archive.org/details/TexasLonghorns
Monday, October 11, 2010
For the final project, students will choose one or more of the following web formats to create a new literary work or, in the case of an online lit mag or podcast, promote other people’s literary work:
- Online literary magazine
- Video series (posted on YouTube)
- Hypertext Narrative
- Podcast series
Other types of projects will be considered, but must be approved by the instructor. The objective of this project is to create a project that stretches the web tool beyond its intended/original use for a creative outcome.
In addition to the electronic project, students will write a two- to three-page paper discussing their process, possibilities for promotion, and lessons learned. For any work that is considered part of an ongoing project, the paper should also discuss the project’s life beyond the class.
Due October 25: Students will prepare a one-page project proposal including:
- Explanation of what web tools they will use, and why they are appropriate
- Description of planned content (text and graphics)
- Timeline for project
Students should feel free to e-mail Jenny and/or Meredith to discuss ideas before this date.
November 8 & 15: Individual conferences during class (Also, free lab)
November 22: Guest Panel
November 29: Free lab
December 6: Projects due. Presentations
The presentation should address:
- What tools/electronics do I need to get started? Does it cost anything, or require any special skills?
- What is the intended use of this tool?
- How could I stretch the intended use for either 1) a more creative purpose or, 2) self-promotion as a writer?
- Are there any exceptional examples of creative use we should know about?
The topics are (to be assigned):
- YouTube: Vinnie & Mike
- Literary E-Magazines: Jessica & Brad
- Twitter and Tumblr: Liz & Cate
- Facebook: Roger & Lori
- Podcasting: Sam, Eli & Kari
- Flickr: Akesha & Amberly
- Etsy and other e-commerce sites: Tabitha, Marie
- E-book publishing sites: Kristi & Kimberley
Monday, October 4, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Here's a decent article (with links to others) with a few tips on how to do it without throwing away all your savings:
Ten Search Engine Optimization Myths: Debunked!
Monday, September 20, 2010
The site should have at least four pages, all of which contain:
- A clear navigation back to the home page
- Content that suits the writer
- One graphic per page
All students must write a two-page paper describing the process, the outcome, and hopes for where the site may go in the future. The paper must be printed out and handed to the professor on October 11, and should contain the student's name and the URL of the site, if applicable.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
- Graphics/Design Elements
Next week, we'll learn more about your mid-term project, and we'll jump right into Dreamweaver. Please remember to bring the photo files you edited this week (2 jpgs of any subject, edited so they are 300 pixels wide). Don't forget, we'll be breaking around 6:45 p.m. so we can attend Kendra's reading in the Bogolmony Room.
Have a great week!
Monday, August 30, 2010
2. Surf the web in search of cool writerly/literary sites. Find and blog about:
- One cool writer's site (self-promotion)
- One excellent online literary journal
- One example of hypertext narrative
- One online site/project you'd be interested in learning how to do
- One terrible writer's site
3. I will post links to each student's blog on the right-hand column of this blog. Please take a look and "follow" other students' blogs. You will be expected to comment on at least three blog entries per week.
Instructor: Jenny O'Grady
Electronic Publishing introduces students to alternate forms of writing and publishing on the Internet. Students will:
⁃ Learn basic web publishing skills using Dreamweaver CS4 and blog platforms
⁃ Broaden understanding of types of electronic publishing
⁃ Produce writing projects specific to electronic publishing
⁃ Engage in discussion of intention and outcomes of design choices
⁃ Gain confidence and knowledge to use the web as a reference and source of electronic publishing aid
⁃ Learn marketable skills in web publishing, video editing, blogging, etc.
Homework assignments, reading links, syllabus and class project information will be available online at http://creativeepublishing.blogspot.com.
Text and Supplies
⁃ Instructional guides to Dreamweaver CS4 and/or iMovie (suggested)
⁃ USB flash drive (required)
Assignments and Grading
Students will complete weekly assignments, as well as a mid-semester and final electronic publishing project. Students will be expected to blog three times per week, each week. Attendance counts toward participation. Following two unexcused absences, the final grade will be lowered by a half letter for each absence.
⁃ Class participation 10%
⁃ Weekly blog entries 10%
⁃ EP presentations 10%
⁃ Mid-semester project 30%
⁃ Final project 40%
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Steve Krug's book "Don't Make Me Think" is a classic guide to re-thinking your site. It's easy to read and put into practice. This link takes you to chapter two, which talks a bit about how many users think about web:
Thursday, March 11, 2010
HTML stands for hypertext mark-up language. Although we commonly refer to it as “code,” it’s essentially a specific set of instructions that explain how a web browser should display content.
Pronounced Whiz-ee-wig, this is an acronym for “What You See is What You Get,” and refers to programs like Dreamweaver that give you the ability to create web files without knowing how to write code.
This is essentially the URL for your web site, for example: http://iamcool.com. A domain name may end in various ways (.com, .org, .edu, .info, .net, .biz…etc.), depending on availability (a domain name may be owned by only one person at a time). There are many companies selling domains online; it is a good idea to do your research before committing to a contract, as the prices vary. A simple Google search of “purchase domain” will give you plenty to choose from. (I have used GoDaddy.com and found it to be fairly user friendly; I have also used Register.com, which is a little less so.)
Once you find and purchase your domain, you must find a host for your domain. Web hosting is similar to "renting" space on the Web, either by the month or year. You rent that space according to the size and needs of your website. Many companies that sell domains also handle hosting, allowing you to work with just one account; however, it is not required that you host your domain with the seller of the domain. Here is an online feature reviewing the Top 10 hosting companies. There are many others to choose from. As with domains, it is best to do your research, as the prices vary according to services provided. (Some companies include e-mail, blogging, e-commerce, and other tools as part of the package. Be sure to read your contract before signing, and know beforehand what you really want and need.)
Uploading your Files
If you have designed a web site using Dreamweaver or other tools, you upload your files to the host account. Most host providers offer customer service sites with detailed explanations on how to upload files using their system. For GoDaddy.com, for instance, this explanation is provided. Mydomain.com offers this handy support page.
Once you have uploaded the files, they will be accessible from your URL on the web. Whatever file you have set as the index.html file will be your home page, and the other pages will connect as they did within Dreamweaver.
You should plan on keeping your Dreamweaver files intact on your home computer (and back them up on an external drive if you really want to be safe). If you ever want to change something on your site, you can make the change to the original file in question, and then load just that file onto the host to update it.
Applying a Domain to your Wordpress (or other) Blog
Let’s say you created an amazing Wordpress blog, but instead of having a URL with Wordpress in it (creativeepublishing.wordpress.com), you’d prefer to change the URL to something more like this: www.creativeepublishing.com. There are two ways of doing this.
- Redirect domain to blog URL: By redirecting your domain name, a person visiting www.creativeepublishing.com would be rerouted to your blog; once they arrive, the URL changes to the creativeepublishing.wordpress.com URL. To do this, purchase a domain name (no hosting is necessary, as the blog acts as your content host), and follow the instructions given for redirecting. Within GoDaddy.com, it’s fairly easy. This generally doesn’t cost anything extra.
- Map your domain to the blog: By mapping your domain, your readers no longer see the blog URL at all. For example, a link within your blog that before mapping looked like this (creativeepublishing.wordpress.com/about) would after mapping look like this: www.creativeepublishing.com/about. This is a great way of maintaining a web site’s branding within the blog format. There is generally an additional cost for remapping; GoDaddy charges $10 per year to remap to Wordpress, for example. GoDaddy’s customer service section offers instructions on how to map a domain to Wordpress, Blogger, and other blogs.
What is FTP?
People say FTP all the time, but what is it exactly? It stands for file transfer protocol, and in layman’s terms, it’s simply the process by which you transfer files from one computer (your home computer, for instance) to another (uploading to your host site, for example) over a network such as the Internet.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
- Why should this be a video? What elements are visual?
- Is this video the entire story or just part of a story?
- Who will be watching this video? Be sure to address their needs.
- Also - think about ways you can use this video on either your site or blog.
- Video footage
- At least one photo (you can use a Google image, if you'd like)
- A song (if you don't want to use what's available in the iTunes free library
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
GOAL: Create a short, simple video using iMovie. Subject matter is open.
RULES: You should use iMovie. If you're feeling ambitious or know the program, you can use Final Cut Express or Pro - but we won't be going over that in class. Also, if you have a PC and prefer a PC program - go ahead and use that. Your videos should be short (2-3 minutes maximum) and must contain the following:
- 1 title page
- 1 title overlay (a person's name, for example)
- 1 photo
- 2-3 transitions
- 1 song
- 1 ending page (more information page)
March 11: We will work on the videos in class. Hopefully, by the end of class we can upload them to the class YouTube account: http://www.youtube.com/creativeepublishing (password will be distributed in class!)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The answer is to add a title attribute within the image tag. It goes like this: