The Last Cartographer

We’ve now published the outcome from the Digital Fiction workshop. It’s still a little rough around the edges but it represents the story that was created by the end of the week.

Last Cartographer

The Last Cartographer was written and developed by Kyle Carpenter, Alexandra Caufin, Jodie Childers, Jennifer Dellner, Bob Fletcher, Rochelle Gold, Nicola Harwood, Inba Kehoe, Shazia Ramji, Kaitlyn Till, & Jessica Tremblay

During the fall I thought it would be interesting to have my Interaction Design students from Emily Carr University of Art + Design take a run at Last Cartographer. They were given the original text and the assets along with the instructions to create a non-linear narrative. Here’s what they came up with:
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3

Sponsors and Scholarships

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added the University of Victoria’s Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, home of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, as a sponsor and supporter of the Pathways workshop.

Between the ETCL and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing (CCSP), we are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to offset the tuition cost of the Pathways workshop.

As of May 15th, our scholarship applications are now closed. Registration for the workshop is still open

Announcing: Creating Digital Fiction with Kate Pullinger

A week-long digital fiction workshop from Publishing@SFU

MONDAY – FRIDAY, June 9-13, 2014

Join us for this special week-long immersive writing/authoring workshop with award-winning author and digital fiction pioneer Kate Pullinger. This workshops is a unique learning opportunity aimed at writers who wish to explore digital fiction, developers who want to explore literary works, and publishers interested in new models for writing, reading, and collaborating in fiction.

Over the five days, participants will work together to collaboratively author a work of interactive, multimedia literature, which will subsequently be available online inviting further participation from a wider public.

Participants will work collaboratively with faculty to plan, compose, design, assemble, and promote the work over the course of the week. A series of short morning seminars with faculty will elaborate the dynamics, opportunities, and challenges of composing and producing for networked digital media. Afternoons will be devoted to collaborative work on writing, design and graphic production, audio and video production, and technical development. The goal for the week is the production of a prototype work which forms the basis for an ongoing, collaborative work which gathers an online audience.


Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital platforms.  Her new novel, Landing Gear, published in the spring of 2014,  takes the story told in Pullinger’s collaborative multimedia digital work, co-created with Chris Joseph, Flight Paths: A Networked Novel, and develops it further.  Her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes.  Her prize-winning digital fiction projects Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world. Pullinger’s other books include A Little StrangerWeird Sister, The Last Time I Saw Jane, Where Does Kissing End?, which are all being published in new ebook editions in the spring of 2014.

John Maxwell is Associate Professor in the Publishing Program at SFU. His research & teaching focus is on the impact of digital technologies in the cultural sector (and particularly books and magazines), the history of digital media, and the emergence of digital genres and mythologies.

Haig Armen is one of Canada’s most respected and innovative digital designers. He is a faculty member in Design & Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University.

Ryan Nadel, with his company 8 Leaf Digital Productions, produces and designs digital media experiences in a broad range of sectors including education, graphic novels, and TV franchises, including the interactive companion to Art Spiegelman’s recent book MetaMaus and the transmedia campaign for the TV show Continuum.

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