In a little more than 36 hours national Digital Writing Month (DigiWriMo) commences and you or your students should consider participating. With a structure similar to another November writing celebration, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), DigiWriMo poses the challenge of crafting 50,000 words of digital text in just 30 days. The format of your text may very depending on the weekly writing challenges, but more than likely you will find yourself composing more than a few blog posts, Twitter essays, and collaborative wiki novels.
Personally, I am not exactly sure what is in-store for the next 30 days, but even if I only write 25,000 words that is still quite a bit of storytelling and a great mental workout. The program is sponsored by Hybrid Pedagogy and the English and Digital Humanities program at Marylhurst University (which looks like a fascinating MA program). If this sounds interesting you can join in the fun with little more than your email address. And here is a small secret I’ve learned from NaNoWriMo – you can always just follow along this year by reading the regular emails sent out by DigiWriMo and actually put the prompts into practice at another time. Once I have a better understanding of the writing challenges, check back here. I will try to post a few.