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August 22, 2003


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Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 13:37:33 +0100
From: "Gillam, Catherine" <>
To: "Gillam, Catherine" <>
Subject: Writers for the Future - Newsletter August 2003


Welcome to Writers for the Future, a project for NESTA managed by the trAce Online Writing Centre at The Nottingham Trent University. This is the first in a series of quarterly newsletters you will be sent periodically throughout the project.  It aims to provide our associates with news, updates on the project and progress made to date.   It is intended to be read in supplement to the Writers for the Future website which is available here:  and, for the most recent news, we recommend you consult this site.  Back copies of these newsletters will also be available on this site in the News <>  section.

New Appointments

trAce is delighted to announce that we have appointed four full-time members of staff to work with us on the Writers for the Future project over the next year: Tim Wright, creator of Online Caroline and winner of two BAFTA awards, is our Digital Writer-in-Residence and Simon Widdowson of Southwold Junior School is our Digital Teacher-in-Residence. Mary Cavill is our Information Specialist, charged with creating an archive of the trAce website, and Catherine Gillam is Research Administrator and author of this newsletter. You can read through their biographies, along with those of nearly two dozen others involved with the project by visiting the website and browsing through the About <>  section.

Research Fellows

Providing support and guidance throughout the two years are two Research Fellows, Mark Amerika, digital artist and Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Boulder, Colorado and Alan Sondheim, New York-based philosopher and net-author, both contributing a wealth of experience in the radical and historical background of new media writing.  In particular Alan will be advising on the history of new media writing and electronic art and Mark will be teaching at TEXTLAB in November as well as providing mentoring and support to writers working with the project. Further information on their work and skills is also online in the About <>  section.


Writers for the Future is bringing together a number of people and organisations including The Royal Society of Arts, The British Library, Becta, Birkbeck College, The British Council, Loughborough University, and, of course, NESTA.  For further details of who is involved please browse the Advisors <>  and Biographies <>  pages.


Applications are now being invited for TEXTLAB, a free five-day residential workshop to be held at The Nottingham Trent University from 10-14th November 2003.  This is a rare opportunity for new media writers and artists to focus on their own projects while receiving training and support from Digital Writer-in-Residence Tim Wright, internationally-known digital artist Mark Amerika and the team of trAce specialists.  For further information and full details on how to apply, please visit the Participate <>  section.

Incubation3 Alert

The Incubation Symposium will take place on 12-14th July 2004 at The Nottingham Trent University.  This will be trAce's third International Conference on Writing & the Internet, the premier international gathering for writers working on the web.   We are very pleased to have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England to fund 30 bursaries for presenters and delegates, enabling us to widen participation at this key networking event. A new website will be launched alongside the call for papers in late September 2003 but you can view previous years at


Please feel free to forward this Newsletter to anyone who may be interested in the project.  To ensure that you receive subsequent Newsletters, please register at http:// <http://www./> www./

If you would like any further information on Writers for the Future please either consult the website at or contact us at:  Writers for the Future, The trAce Online Writing Centre, The Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Clifton,. Nottingham, NG11 8NS, UK   +44(0)115 8483533

Writers for the Future is funded by Nesta, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.

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