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Subject:novelists etc From:"Morris, Michael" <MORRIS -at- COTR -dot- BC -dot- CA> Date:Thu, 7 Aug 1997 09:12:28 -0600
Let me enter into the fray. Although neither a famous novelist nor tech
writer (in fact, I may be one of those whose work will not merit a footnote
in the online textbooks of the 21st Century), I've been doing and teaching
all manner and sorts of writing for more than 30 years. To me all the genres
(if you permit me to use that word), requires technical expertise -
"writers write." When I was a young reporter at the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix,
the late Phil Wade, managing editor at the time told me "everything is grist
in the newspaper mill. Write about it." And we did - hard news, soft news,
features, editorials, reviews, whatever. Each in its own way was technical.
In our postgraduate New Media Communications Program at College of the
Rockies, after a few weeks, my students concluded they were "generalized
specialists" as they prepared to write for the world of online everything.
They experienced a great awakening to the new realities facing all of us as
communicators - especially when I note that even "famous" novelists are
experimenting with online interactive nonlinear "literature."
Have a good day folks.
Michael J. Morris
Instructor, New Media Communications
College of the Rockies
Cranbrook BC V1C 5L7
morris -at- cotr -dot- bc -dot- ca